Panama: Plans for Vehicle Bridge for $25 million

The Ministry of Public Works has announced the construction of a bridge to connect Avenida Santa Elena, the Cincuentenario way and the East Coast.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jaime Ford, chief of the MOP disclosed the cost of the project during a presentation on road works to members of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama. The official explained that they realized the need for this work after they finished the widening of the Cincuentenario road, which required $140 million.

For the moment it is not known which company will build the bridge and the the project has not been tendered, however, it appears to be included in next year's budget. "The main argument given by the authorities to build the bridge is that there is an area which is being developed in Costa del Este, which brings a lot of traffic," noted an article in

However, members of the Civic Committee for a new Panama Viejo, have applied to build more drains, as the storm drains for the Cincuentenario road are unable to withstand the water at high tide and when there is rain, which has led to fears that it could cause a disaster situation.

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Another Obstacle to the Fourth Bridge over the Canal

August 2019

The National Assembly created a commission to investigate the public contracting process by which the Panama Fourth Bridge Consortium was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the fourth bridge.

After multiple delays in the tender process, the Varela administration and the Panama Cuarto Puente Consortium, made up of China Communications Construction Company LTD and China Harbour Engineering Company LTD, signed the contract for the work in question in November 2018.

Nicaragua: $59 million to Build Four Bridges

March 2017

The government has announced that with funding from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency four bridges will be built on the Caribbean coast, with a completion date of 2022.

The Ortega administration explained that $49 million relates to a loan signed with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and another $10 million will be provided by the state. The bridges will be built on the Caribbean coast, in the areas of Prinzapolka, Labu, Lisawe and Mulukukú.

Tender Launched for Fourth Bridge Over Canal

October 2016

The Ministry of Public Works has published the request for proposals for the tender of the design and construction of a fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.

The companies pre-qualified to participate in the tender are Consorcio Panama Cuarto Puente (China); Consorcio Hyundai–Sacyr  (Korea / Spain); Dragados Sucursal Panama (Spain); Consorcio Astaldi-Daelim (Italy / Korea); Consorcio Cuarto Puente (China); and Consorcio CCB (Brazil), which includes the company Odebrecht.

Panama Roadworks Announced

November 2015

The Ministry of Public Works has announced that it is preparing the construction of a bridge over the river La Villa, to improve the road connection between the provinces of Herrera and Los Santos.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Public Works:

The road renovations and construction of access roads and routes to the province of Los Santos, are on the work agenda of the Ministry of Public Works, according to the head of this department, Ramon Arosemena Crespo, during the celebration of the 194 anniversary of the First Cry of Independence of the Villa de Los Santos.

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