Access Road to Centennial Bridge To Reopen Tomorrow

Access Road to Centennial Bridge To Reopen Tomorrow

Monday, October 17 2011 @ 03:03 PM COT
Contributed by: Don Winner
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#Panama – The Minister of Public Works (MOP) Federico Suarez said the access road to the Centennial Bridge has been repaired after the collapse, and the roadway will be reopened to the public on Tuesday, 18 October 2011. However he said soon they will announce a partial closure of the roadway that will last approximately 15 days. This closure will be made in order to complete repairs on another section of roadway which provides access to the bridge (the ramp from the direction of Gamboa towards the bridge and the interior of the country). The repairs to the collapsed section of roadway is 35 meters long and 15 meters wide. The repairs to this important section of roadway cost more than $30 million dollars, said Suarez. This access road to the Centennial Bridge has been closed to the public since early December 2010 when it collapsed due to heavy rains. (Estrella)

Editor’s Comment: The government is now going about the task of figuring out who will be held responsible for the collapse of this roadway, and who will foot the bills for the repairs. The roadway was built over landfill with inadequate drainage. In order to make the repairs pilings were sunk down to the bedrock to support the roadway from below. The first build was “done cheap” but the repairs were built to last.

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