Atlantic bridge in Panama opens

By Andy Brown06 August 2019

Panama bridge

The Atlantic bridge in Panama has been unveiled 

The Atlantic Bridge in Colón, Panama, which is 4.6km long and creates a new link between the North American and South American continents, has been completed.

Due to the Panamanian tropical climate, a technical solution entirely made of reinforced concrete was said to have been chosen by the Panama Canal Authority rather than use a traditional metal structure.

The central span (the bridge section that spans the canal), consists of 530m of concrete deck located 75m above sea level – this is said to be a world record for a cable-stayed bridge.

The two towers of the bridge are over 210m high.

The project was completed by Vinci Construction, with construction making use of the group’s subsidiaries: VINCI Construction Grands Projets for the construction of the bridge, Soletanche Bachy subsidiary Rodio Swissboring Panamá for the deep foundations and Freyssinet for the installation of the stays.

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