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World's Longest Prestressed Concrete Bridge Nears Completion over Panama Canal

12:00 - 30 August, 2018 - by Niall Patrick Walsh

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The Panama Canal is to soon celebrate another milestone in its long history, with the imminent completion of the what will be the longest concrete four-lane cable-stayed structure in the world. With a 1750-foot (530-meter) central span, the Atlantic Bridge will connect the banks of the canal’s Atlantic Ocean entrance when it opens in early 2019.

Construction of the bridge began in 2013, in an effort to connect the seaport of Colon to communities west of the Canal. The bride was designed by the China Communication Construction Company consisting of HPDI and Louis Berger Group.

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Given its position at the Atlantic entrance to one of the world’s most crucial shipping routes, the bridge has been designed with a 250-foot (75-meter) clearance to allow Neopanamax containerships to pass underneath. Above, a four-lane passing for cars, pedestrians, and bicycles will be supported by double-plane cables anchored to two delta-shaped main pylons reaching 695 feet (212.5) meters in height.

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The bridge has been constructed using reinforced concrete, departing from the typical steel construction technique used in modern bridges of this scale. The material was chosen due to its resilience in the region’s highly corrosive environment.

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When completed, the Atlantic Bridge will be the third bridge over the Panama Canal after the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge, both of which are on the Pacific side of the canal.

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https://www.archdaily.com/901087/worlds-longest-prestressed-concrete-bridge-nears-completion-over-panama-canal

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Atlantic Bridge, Panama

The third bridge over the Panama Canal, known as the Atlantic Bridge, is a road bridge under construction in Colón, Panama, which will span the Atlantic entrance to the Canal. When completed it will be the third bridge over the Panama Canal after the Bridge of the Americas and the Centennial Bridge, both on the Pacific side of the canal.

The bridge is proposed to be a double-pylon, double-plane, concrete girder, cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 530 metres (1,740 ft) and two side spans of 230 metres (750 ft). The east and west approaches are to be 1,074 metres (3,524 ft) and 756 metres (2,480 ft) long, respectively. The bridge was designed by the China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) consisting of HPDI and Louis Berger Group.[1]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_Bridge,_Panama

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Third canal bridge open to traffic

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Posted 02/08/2019

The   Atlantic Bridge, the third across the Panama Canal, was inaugurated on Friday, morning Aug 2 and opened to vehicular traffic at 2:00 pm

The cable-stayed  concrete bridge took six years to complete at a cost of $590 million with a workforce of 1,100

The four-lane structure is 75 meters above sea level.   According to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), 175,760 cubic meters of concrete and 36,900 tons of reinforced steel were used for its construction.  

Among its benefits are the continuous and interrupted connection of the province of Colón with the rest of the country, in addition to the incentive of tourism development through new investments.  

The Panama Canal Authority will be responsible for the maintenance of the structure - that this bridge will benefit the inhabitants of some 13 towns and 495 communities. 

The Atlantic Bridge is located at the North entrance of the Agua Clara locks, on the Expanded Canal, and represents not only better access to its residents, but it would bring an expansion of tourism on the Costa Abajo of Colón.

These communities have tourist attractions of beaches and historic sites, including Fort San Lorenzo

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/business/third-canal-bridge-open-to-traffic

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