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Centennial Bridge, Panama City
Categories: Bridges, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Panama's Centennial Bridge is a major bridge crossing the Panama Canal. It was built to supplement the overcrowded Bridge of the Americas and to replace it as the carrier of the Pan-American Highway. Upon its opening in 2004, it became the second permanent crossing of the canal.DescriptionThe Centennial Bridge is the second major road crossing of the Panama Canal, the first being the Bridge of the Americas. (Small service bridges are built in the lock structures at Miraflores and Gatún Locks, but these bridges are only usable when the lock gates are closed and have limited capacity.)The Centennial Bridge is located 15km north of the Bridge of the Americas and crosses the Culebra Cut (Gaillard Cut) close to the Pedro Miguel locks. New freeway sections, connecting Arraijan in the west to Cerro Patacon in the east via the bridge, significantly alleviate congestion on the Bridge of the Americas.HistoryThe Bridge of the Americas, which opened in 1962, was the only major road crossing of the Panama Canal. The traffic over this bridge was originally around 9,500 vehicles per day; however, this expanded over time, and by 2004 the bridge was carrying 35,000 vehicles per day.Since the bridge represented a major bottleneck in the Pan-American Highway, Panama's Ministry of Public Works requested tenders for a second canal crossing in October 2000. The contract to build a replacement bridge was awarded in March 2002. An ambitious schedule of just 29 months was set for construction, so that the bridge could open on the 90th anniversary of the first ship transit of the Panama Canal by the cargo ship Ancon, on 15 August 1914. The bridge was named for Panama's centennial, which occurred on 3 November 2003.A visit to Centennial Bridge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Panama City trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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Da cidade do Panamá para as praias de Bijao ou outras é sempre preciso passá-la. Daqui vê o Canal do Panamá de um lado e o Pacífico do outro. A grande autoestrada Pan-americana termina na Columbia.Panama City for the beaches of Bijao or other must always pass it. You can see the Panama Canal on one side and the Pacific on the other. The great Pan-American Highway ends in Columbia.show original
Ponte que liga os dois lados do canal bem próximo da foz com o oceano pacífico na Pan-American Highway. Inaugurada em 15 de agosto de 2004, é a segunda e mais recente grande ponte construída sobre o C... read more »Bridge connecting both sides of the channel near the mouth with the Pacific Ocean on the Pan-American Highway. Inaugurated on 15 August 2004, is the second and most recent great bridge built on the Panama Canal, with 1052 m connecting the North and South.show original
Este puente modernista fue construido para descongestionar el Puente de las Américas, como unión de la carretera panamericana y como vía comunicante con el norte y sur del país por sobre el canal de P... read more »This art nouveau bridge was built to relieve congestion on the bridge of the Americas, as union of the Panamerican Highway and via communicating with North and South of the country across the Panama canal in Panama City. It was also scheduled to kick off in the 100th anniversary of the Canal.show original
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