New Gamboa Bridge Project
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) gave the order to proceed for the construction of a New Gamboa Bridge over the Chagres River in Gamboa, which will be safer for cars and pedestrians, as well as expedite the journey to town for residents of the area. This bridge over the Chagres River is also used by the Panama Canal Railway Company.
The project includes the design and construction of a concrete bridge that will have a length of 278 meters and 34.75 meters wide. It will have two lanes and a sidewalk. The current bridge is only one lane, and users often face lengthy delays while waiting to cross.
The project will cost over $8 million and is scheduled to finish on July 24, 2018. The contract was awarded to the consortium COCIGE-COPISA, S.A., which is formed by COCIGE (Construcciones Civiles Generales, S.A. – Panamanian) and by COPISA (Constructora Pirenaica, S.A. – Spanish) will build the bridge.
The old bridge, which is used by the Panama Canal Railway Company, will continue to be utilized by the train and will be the responsibility of that organization to maintain.
For the community benefit, this project will fulfil an operative need of the Panama Canal as well as contributing to the ecotourism of the area which has a great variety of tropical flora and fauna.