The government of Panama is pushing forward with pre-construction preparations for the two biggest infrastructure works in the country's public works pipeline – the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal and line No. 3 of the Panama City metro system.

Last week Panama's public works ministry and the country's canal ministry began the process of drawing up the tender documents for each project, which could require up to a year, according to canal minister Roberto Roy.

The required investment in the two works, which are being planned to complement one another, is approximately US$3bn.

US-based engineering consultancy T.Y. Lin International is providing technical support for the bridge construction, while Japanese firms Nippon Koei and its local subsidiary and Tonichi Engineering Consultants are providing managerial support for the metro line, Panama's state news outlet ANPanamá reported.

The fourth bridge will have eight lanes, two of which will be dedicated to the new metro line. At its highest point the bridge will measure around 160m and will cover a distance of around 6.5km, linking an area near Marcos A. Gelabert airport with the Panama Pacífico area of the Arraiján district.

Required investment in the bridge is estimated at US$1bn.

Panama City's metro line No. 3 will incorporate a monorail system and will cover around 27km, having 14 stations. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing financing to the government of Panama for the line.

Prequalification for the bridge has drawn interest from several important engineering and construction companies, notably Spanish companies Sacyr and Dragados (via its Panamanian subsidiary), South Korea's Daelim, Italy's Astaldi, and China Harbour Engineering Company and China Communications and Construction Company, the agency reported.

Construction time for both infrastructure works is estimated at around four years.


Source: BNamericas