Contributed by: Don WinnerThe JOURNAL of COMMERCE ONLINE - The Panama Canal Authority has released a request for proposals soliciting bids for the third of four dry excavation projects, marking the next phase in the waterway's multibillion-dollar expansion project. The project will help to create a critical access channel linking the new Pacific locks with the Canal's existing Gaillard Cut. The scope of work will include the excavation, removal and disposal of 8 million cubic meters of material. Moreover, the RFP calls for demolishing the Cocoli Bridge and clearing 190 hectares of unexploded ordnances -- remnants from former United States training facilities in the Canal Zone. Similar to the first and second dry excavation projects, this contract will be awarded to the firm or consortia with the lowest priced proposal that meets all of the RFP's requirements. Proposals are due Nov. 18.