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Three banks will finance the fourth bridge

Posted 20/01/2023

The Fourth Bridge Consortium made up of the companies China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) and China Harbor Engineering have resumed geotechnical studies of the area where the foundations that will support the structure of the cable-stayed bridge will be built.

The Minister of Public Works Rafael Sabonge explained that the works began after a preliminary agreement was reached to close the financing of the project that was paralyzed in March 2020, when the Government decided to separate the work from line two of the metro under the argument that the bridge did not have a source of financing for its execution.

"Redesigning the bridge was resolved quickly because it was a technical issue, but agreeing on the financing took us longer because there was no established source," said Sabonge.

The contractor received the order to proceed on December 3, 2018 and according to the contract, he would have 54 months to execute the project valued at $1.518 billion.

Sabonge announced that an addendum will be signed with the contractor in the coming days to establish the changes in the design that will reduce the cost by $248 million, as well as the financing structure where Banistmo, Santander, and Mizuho banks would participate and will carry out a bond issue.

If the addendum is signed in the coming days larger works on both sides of the Canal would begin in the second quarter.

The original concept of the project, which would have 1,100 meters on its main board, included a restaurant in the west tower, which would have access through a detour from the highway to Veracruz.

To lower the cost, the restaurant was eliminated and the alignment of the structure was corrected so as not to affect the concession of the Panama Ports Company.

On the feasibility of having separated the work on line 3 of the metro from the construction of the bridge, the minister said the risk analysis showed it was the best decision.

Tolls likely
Regarding the payment of tolls to transit the bridge, no decision has been made, but The National Highway Company (ENA) receive a concession to collect a toll.

The postponement of the works of the fourth bridge would imply a mobility problem in the short term, taking into account that once the expansion works of the bridge of the Americas-Arraiján highway are finished, a bottleneck will be created. It will go from 8 lanes to 4 lanes when vehicles enter or leave the capital city.

If there are no new delays, the construction of the fourth bridge would end in 2028.


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Construction of the Fourth Bridge over the Panama Canal has Started


Posted 12/03/2024

March 12th the construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal began.  The Minister of Public Works, Rafael Sabonge explained that this bridge should be ready in four and a half years and will generate more than 3,500 jobs during its construction.  He added that this project is valued at more than 1,327 million dollars and the bridge will have six lanes.  “We will begin with the construction of gravel columns to improve the soil.  The minister insisted that this project will improve the quality of life and productivity of residents of the western sector of the country.  In addition, this project will contribute to improving viability in the western sector of Panama and the metropolitan area.  Sabonge explained that line three of the Panama metro was not included in the bridge due to time constraints.  But it will still have six lanes and with the possibility of expanding it to eight lanes. “The project road is complete... in addition there was a realignment of the Panama Ports so that it won’t affect the port concession,” he said.  He explained that the changes made to the original design of the bridge created a cost reduction of 200 million dollars.


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