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Construction is underway along the stretch of the Pan-American Highway 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 among four companies over five phases with the intention of repairing and expanding the vital artery. 185 kilometers of the road are located in the province of Chiriqui while another 71 kilometers are in Veraguas. The total cost for the expansion is estimated at $920,000,000 with the project expected to be completed in two years.
Improvements between Panama and Central America are expected as well as a reduction in cost for the transport of goods between the capital city and the country’s agricultural areas.
The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads measuring about 48,000 kilometers (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 freeway only has two lanes, which delays the traffic of heavy vehicles from Panama City to Paso Canoas on the border with Costa Rica. The project will expand the road to four lanes of traffic.