Posted by: danielfee | August 18, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 08-18-2012

Pan American Highway – Panama Canal, Panama

Centennial Bridge

The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads measuring about 29,800 miles in total length. Except for a 54 mile rainforest break called the Darien Gap, which is a large swath of undeveloped swampland and forest separating Panama from Columbia, the road links the mainland nations of the Americas in a connected highway system. The Pan-American Highway system extends from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in North America to the lower reaches of South America. Several cities claimed to be the southern terminus, including Puerto Montt and Quellon in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. There is no comprehensive route which is officially defined in Canada and the U.S. although there are several highways in the U.S. which are called “Pan-American”.

The Centennial Bridge is the second major road crossing of the Panama Canal, the first being the Bridge of the Americas. It was completed in 2004 to  alleviate congestion on the Bridge of the Americas.  The Centennial Bridge is located crosses the Gaillard Cut close to the Pedro Miguel locks. The bridge is a cable-stayed design with a total span of 3,451 feet. The main span is 1,050 feet, and clears the canal by 262 feet. The bridge is supported by two towers, each 604 feet high. The deck carries six lanes of traffic across the canal. It is designed to withstand the frequent earthquakes which are recorded in the canal area.

 

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