|Name in local language:||Puente del Atlántico|
|Other name(s):||Third Bridge over Panama Canal|
|Beginning of works:||January 2013|
|Completion:||2 August 2019|
Cable-stayed bridge with semi-fan system
|Function / usage:||
Prestressed concrete bridge
Colón, Colón, Panama
Panama Canal (1914)
|Coordinates:||9° 18' 28.53" N 79° 55' 7.33" W|
|total length||2 820 m|
|main span||530 m|
|total length||1 050 m|
|span lengths||230 m - 530 m - 230 m|
|vertical navigation clearance||75 m|
|deck of main bridge||
Excerpt from Wikipedia
The third bridge over the Panama Canal, known as the Atlantic Bridge, is a road bridge in Colón, Panama, which spans the Atlantic entrance to the Canal. It is 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 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 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 and built by Vinci Construction.
The bridge is part of a local connection road (as yet unnamed) between Bolivar Highway in the East and the undeveloped Western area. It will replace the nearby Panamal Canal Ferry. It is the only bridge North of the Culebra Cut (Puente Centenario).
Three consortiums were approved to bid for the bridge construction: Acciona Infraestructuras -Tradeco (Spain and Mexico), Odebrecht–Hyundai Joint Venture (Brazil and Korea), and Vinci Construction Grands Projets (France). Tenders were received in August 2012.
In October 2012, the Panama Canal Authority awarded a contract to the French company Vinci Construction to build a third (permanent) bridge, near the Atlantic side, for an offer price of US$366 million. At that time the bridge had no name, but Third bridge and Atlantic side bridge were used, as well as Atlantic Bridge.
Construction of the bridge and access viaducts, which commenced in January 2013, was planned to take three and a half years and was expected to be completed in 2016. The main span of the bridge was keyed (joined into a single span) on 6 September 2018. The bridge was unveiled by Panama President Laurentino Cortizo and Panama Canal Administrator Jorge Quijano on Friday 2 August 2019.
Relevant Web Sites
- (2019): Third Panama Crossing Project – a new reference in stay cable technology. Presented at: IABSE Congress: The Evolving Metropolis, New York, NY, USA, 4-6 September 2019, pp. 1225-1230.
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