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Centennial Bridge, Panama City

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Panama's Centennial Bridge (Puente Centenario) 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.
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  • Spanning 420 m across the Culebra cut of the Panama Canal this gorgeous cable-stayed bridge designed by Miguel Rosales is a gorgeous and graceful piece of architecture.  more »
  • So far there are two bridges only crossing the Panama Canal. Not for long anymore. The Centennial Bridge opens offers a view into the Pacific locks when going East and into Culebra Cut when going West...  more »
  • The Panama Canal is an engineering feat, and so is the Centennial Bridge. It is one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever seen, and its size enormous and adds so much to the beautiful mountain lan...  more »

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