Border Bridge between Costa Rica and Panama Inaugurated

After investing $25 million in construction works, the new binational bridge that connects both countries and is located over the Sixaola River was inaugurated.

Friday, March 5, 2021

The total investment of this work was around $25 million, of which $10 million was contributed by the Mesoamerica Fund - Government of Mexico, and the governments of Costa Rica and Panama allocated $7.5 million each, according to a press release from the Ministry of Public Works of Panama (MOP).

Rafael Sabonge, head of the MOP said that "... it is a 260-meter work that will improve road connectivity and human mobility, as it has sidewalks for pedestrians and bicycle routes, and will also allow the transportation of goods between Panama and Costa Rica."

Sabonge added that "... it is estimated that this work will benefit around 15 thousand people from the towns of Sixaola and Guabito and more than 150 thousand people who transit through this bridge every year."

In December 2016, CentralAmericaData reported that the consortium formed by Costa Rica's MECO and Mexico's Cal y Mayor y Asociados and MEXPRESA won the contract to design and build the bridge between Panama and Costa Rica, over the Sixaola River.

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December 2016

The consortium made up of the Costa Rican firm MECO and the Mexican firms Cal y Mayor y Asociados and Mexpresa has won the contract to design and build a bridge between Panama and Costa Rica, over the Sixaola River.

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March 2016

The bridge building project which has been on paper since 2005 has been resurrected, with the announcement that the documents needed to tender the construction will be ready in March and the works will start in June.

Eleven years and half a dozen Panamanian and Costa Rican presidents have tried to put out to tender the construction of the bridge over the Sixaola river on the border between Costa Rica and Panama. Extreme bureaucracy, unenforceability and unfulfilled political promises surrounded the project which now has a new contract announcement.

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December 2015

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June 2011

The Permanent Bi-national Commission has urged the Ministries of Public Works of Panama and Costa Rica to construct a bridge over the river border at Sixaola in three months .

A temporary (bailey type) bridge is expected to be installed in October this year, after the Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Costa Rica (MOPT) have conducted technical studies and respective assessments, together with the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) of Panama.

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