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Prequalification For Companies To Build New Bridge Over The Panama Canal in Colon

Infrastructure UpgradesTwo consortiums and one company submitted prequalification documents to bid on the construction a new bridge at the Atlantic end of the canal, said the Panama Canal Authority on Monday, 5 March 2012. The first consortia is Odebrecht - Hyundai Joint Venture (Brazil - Korea), the second is Acciona Infrastructures - Tradeco (Spain - Mexico), and the single company is Vinci Construction Grands Projets (France). "Pre-qualification is the first of two stages of a process leading to the selection of the company that will handle the construction of a bridge in the Atlantic," said the Panama Canal Authority in a press release.

Process - The evaluation process to follow is the best value, which will rate the candidates based on technical criteria, experience and financial capacity. At the end of this period, which is expected in the next 45 days, the Panama Canal Authority will announce the name of the consortia and/or companies that have been prequalified, which can then participate in the second stage, which is the selection of the contractor for the construction of the work. This next period starts with delivery by the ACP of a list of charges with the design and specifications for the new bridge, a site visit for those who have pre-qualified, and finally the receipt of proposals, expected for July of this year, approximately.

The third bridge over the canal will be located three miles north of the Gatun Locks and the new third set of locks being build in the Atlantic, near Ave. Thelma King in the province of Colon. Its design is inspired by similar bridges that have already been built in countries like Spain, Korea, France, China and Japan. It is planned to be double delta-shaped cable-stayed inverted "Y" with four lanes. Its length is 4.6 km and its elevation of 75 meters above sea level. (Prensa)

Editor's Comment: The bridge will look something like this one, in Japan.

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