Monday, March 7, 2011

President Martinelli of Panama stated recently that the Panama Government will soon open the bidding for the building of a 4th bridge over the Panama Canal. It will be at the Pacific entrance to the Canal between Howard and Amador. With the expansion of the Canal, POST PANAMAX ships would be hindered by the present bridge.

  The President also opened the debate over the future of the Bridge of the Americas. According to President Martinelli, the structure might hinder the passage of bigger ships.

Soaring 384 feet above the ocean at average tide and measuring 5425 feet from end to end, the Bridge of the Americas reaches across Panama Bay at the Pacific Canal entrance, reuniting the land divided during the construction of the Canal and forming another link in the Pan-American Highway.