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New Gamboa Bridge Project. For many years the bridge that links the community of Gamboa with Panama City has been in bad shape and going for a fishing expedition in the lake, or for lunch at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, was a perilous enterprise. Recently, the Panama Canal Authority gave the order to build a new bridge over the Chagres River, which will be safer for automobiles and pedestrians, as well as expedite the journey to town for residents of the area.
The bridge will be 278 meters long and 34.75 meters wide, with two lanes for vehicular traffic and a meter wide pedestrian sidewalk. The project will cost over $8 million and is scheduled to finish on August 24, 2018.
The consortium COCIGE-COPISA, S.A., which is formed by COCIGE (Construcciones Civiles Generales, S.A. – Panamanian) and by COPISA (Constructora Pirenaica, S.A. – Spanish) will build the bridge. The project includes rigid concrete access on both sides of the existing roads.
The old bridge, which is used by the Panama Canal Railway Company, will continue to be utilized by the train and will be the responsibility of that organization to maintain.
In addition to benefitting the community, this bridge fulfills an operative need of the Panama Canal as well as contributing to the ecotourism of the area which has a great variety of tropical flora and fauna.