The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) has opened from today until Friday 22 of January the prequalification process for companies, firms, groups (consortia or accidental associations) that wish to obtain the prequalification stipulations for bidding on the Design and Construction project for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal.

Through this process, companies will be selected that qualify for the contractor selection act for bidding on this mega work, which aims to serve as infrastructure for crossing the Canal for the public transportation systems planned to bridge the city with the West of the Canal. Specifically, Metro Line 3.

To accomplish this process, the MOP will initially invite companies that have obtained the prequalification stipulations to a tour of the project site and an explanatory meeting of technical aspects.

Subsequently, by mid-February an approval meeting will be carried out that will aim to receive inquiries and comments from parties interested in prequalifying for the act of selecting a contractor for bidding on the design and construction of the fourth bridge over the Canal.

It should be noted that the Ministry of Public Works shall notify proponents the result of the prequalification through electronic procurement portal „Panama Compra“.

The objectives of the Project are:

  •   Build the necessary infrastructure to ease the current traffic crossing over the Panama Canal and absorb future demand for traffic.
  •   Expand, rehabilitate and improve the high capacity road network of the City of Panama by way of the continuity of the Northern Corridor and the construction of the necessary connections to the city, creating a road network in line with current and future traffic demands.
  •   Redistribute traffic of the city to the new infrastructure, alleviating the current traffic existing in the South (Cinta Costera and Balboa Ave.) and generally improving the service level of the main roads.

The fourth bridge over the Canal carries a symmetric cable-stayed design with an approximate length between expansion joints of 1118 meters, two towers in the form of an inverted Y, and stiffening in two planes of cables with semi harp configuration. Six lanes for vehicles are included, three for each direction; double rail track with a total width of about 54 meters; and clearance of the waterway over 75 meters to allow the passage of current and post-panamax vessels.

The east tower is set on the eastern shore, near the Balboa port, while the West Tower will be located in a large area of shallow water near the ship channel.

The project consists of the design and construction of all necessary works to connect the Northern Corridor to the Pan American highway through a new highway; it will be a platform that will host the future Metro Line 3; the new highway will connect with the Pan American Highway and its future expansion in the West area.

This mega project is expected to be built over a period of four years, and will benefit an estimated population of 1.7 million inhabitants.

For more information you can download all the details on the Panamacompras website and visit our page at www.mop.gob.pa