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Construction of fourth bridge over Panama Canal to start in March

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | February 4, 2020
The announcement that the construction of the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal will start in March ended the dispute between the Government and the contractor.
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The construction of the viaduct, which will ease the daily traffic of at least 70,000 vehicles between the two banks, was approved in November 2018, during the previous government of President Juan Carlos Varela, but technical criteria changed with the new administration of Laurentino Cortizo, who modified the original design.

Topics: Bridge Panama Canal

Public Works Minister Rafael Sabogne told the TV channel Telemetro that the projects of the third line of the capital's subway and the bridge were separated, so the viaduct had to be redesigned.

Labor conflicts and public contradictions with authorities caused delays in the execution of the work, whose contract was granted to Consorcio Panama Cuarto Puente (CPCP), made up of the state-owned enterprises China Communications Construction Company LTD and China Harbour Engineering Company LTD.

The new cost of the bridge should be reduced from the initial budget of 1.518 billion dollars.