Friday Focus: Atlantic Bridge a Symbol of Modernity
The structure of Panama Canal's new 4605 meters long bridge is finished and when, it opens, it is hoped to be a symbol of modernity and welcome to the thousands of ships that pass through the canal every year.
The Atlantic Bridge is a 4-lane cable-stayed vehicle channel near the Panama Canal that will connect the province of Colon to communicates to the west of the city. Additionally, it will benefit the large numbers of tourists that visit the Canal every day. On 29 July, the canal's new extended waterway welcomed its 4,000 Neopanamax vessel
The project, which began in 2013, also points to China's increasing influence in shipping and logistics as it was built by the China Communication Construction Company.
Speaking about the bridge, Jorge Luis Quijano, Administrator of the Panama Canal, said: "This project is not onloy a bridge. It also involves the accesses and the junctions to the roads that go to where it connects, both in the eastern part and the western part of the canal.
Panama President Juan Carol Varela, spoke of the "new opportunities" the bridge offers the canal and the country.
"It opens the doors for a new opportunity for the people of Colon, to have a future in peace with their children. Investment in this province is massive. These are not only investments in infrastructure, but the impact that this infrastructure has on the quality of people's lives."