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Travelers will be happy to know that recently the construction started on expanding and fixing the road between the cities of Santiago in the province of Veraguas and David in the province of Chiriqui.
The Ministry of Public Works divided the construction between four companies in five phases. 185 kilometers of road are in the province of Chiriqui and 71 kilometers in Veraguas. The total cost for the expansion is of $920 million and the work is expected to be completed in two years.
It is expected that this will improve the commercial exchange between Panama and Central America as well as reducing the transport cost of products between the capital city and agricultural areas.
The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads measuring about 48,000 kilometres (30,000 mi) in total length. The road links almost all of the mainland nations of the Americas in a connected highway system. According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest “motorable road”.
At the moment this stretch of road only has two lanes, which delays the traffic of heavy vehicles from Panama City to Paso Canoas on the border with Costa Rica.