Bridge of the Americas

Bridge of the Americas


Bridge of the Americas - Panama

The Bridge of the Americas is approximately 354 ft. high and 5,400 ft. long, and connects the land that was divided during the construction of the Panama Canal. The Bridge of the Americas crosses the Pacific approach to the Panama Canal at Balboa, near Panama City.

History

When the Panama Canal was completed in 1914, it divided the country of Panama as well as North and South America except for a small service bridge at the Gatun Locks. In 1942, a small service swing bridge was built at the Miraflores Locks. Both of these bridges were quite small and can only be used when the locks gates are closed. Therefore as traffic increased, the small service bridges and ferries could not handle the volume of traffic. Finally in 1959, the United States started construction on the Bridge of the Americas and completed the bridge in 1962.

The United States built the Bridge of the Americas at a cost of about $20 million dollars. The bridge was a part of the Pan-American Highway until the Centennial Bridge was constructed in 2004, at which point the Pan-American Highway was redirected.