Coastal Strip Inaugurated in Panama

The inauguration of the $189 million road project is set for the weekend of June 27th and 28th.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

According to, the opening date of the Coastal Strip of Panama was published in the newspaper La Prensa, where the Minister of Transportation and Public Works (MOP acronym in Spanish) said that everything was prepared for this weekend.

The mega-project includes a 26 hectare park, in which, according to, there are worries related to the maintenance of it, because it will cost $1 million a year. The mayor of Panama City, Juan Carlos Navarro, has already said that his institution doesn’t have funds for maintenance.

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Expansion in Panama´s Coastal Highway

October 2010

With an underground tunnel which would connect Avenida Balboa and Avenida de los Poetas the third phase of the coastal strip would be completed.

"In the project statement, published yesterday in Panama Compra, the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) said that 'the studies resulted in solving the interconnection with an underpass and a tunnel which would go under the area of El Chorrillo," published

Panama: Expansion of Coastal Strip Continues

July 2011

The Electoral Tribunal has declared invalid a measure to conduct a referendum to decide on the project.

The construction of the third phase of the coastal strip will continue on the schedule initially established, explained the Minister for Public Works, Federico Suarez.

Panama: Planning for Fourth Stage of Coastal Strip

November 2012

The project, which is just beginning to take shape, will connect the Paitilla sector with the marine viaduct of the Corredor Sur.

In these early stages of the project known as ‘Cinta Costera 4’ plans are for only the road infrastructure and related landscaping.

According to an article in the Director of Special Projects of this entity, Carlos Ho, said: "The costs and the final design are still being drafted and have not yet been defined, however, the authorities from the MOP are counting on this work helping to greatly reduce traffic in Paitilla. He added that options such as a semi tunnel, a marine viaduct or landfills are being analyzed. "

$52 Million for Expanding "Coastal Belt"

August 2009

Panama's government authorized the project through an amendment to the contract with company Odebrecth S.A.

After the extension, the "Coastal Belt" (Cinta Costera) will reach the old part of the city (Casco Antiguo), a few meters from the "Palacio de las Garzas", the governmental residence of the President.

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