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Centennial Bridge, Panama City

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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.
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  • If want to be on bridge over the canal this 2nd bridge built is not as in a big city, nor have as much traffic, still arrange for some else to drive.  more »
  • The newer of two bridges spanning the Panama Canal, "Centenario" crosses the Canal at a point more northerly than "Puente las Americas" and thus leads one into the northern part of Panama City. Once t...  more »
  • It unites city of Panama with the interior of the country. Despite being a superb and elegant structure and that is on the call, cut snake of the Panama Canal. Forgot their builders for lack of vision make a lookout on the ends of the bridge, bearing in mind that the Culebra cut is an emblematic site in the construction of the Canal last century. It was there the more difficult to break the hard rock of the continental divide. Also where more lives were lost. You can only see it if you go on the right lane and at low speed. You almost always see boats winding their way.
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