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Wednesday, April 23 2014 @ 04:43 PM EDT

Panama Metro Subway U-Beam Movement Causes Traffic Delays

Infrastructure UpgradesDuring the early morning hours, between last night and this morning, the very first "U beam" was installed on the columns and pilots of the of the elevated stations of Metro Line One of Panama located along Via Transistmica. These beans are approximately 30 meters long and weigh 176 tons. A total of 361 beams will be installed during the next ten months.

The elevated stations start at the intersection with Via 12 de Octubre, and the last is in front of the Los Andes shopping mall. During yesterday afternoon, 28 July 2012, the first beam was transported from the fabrication plant located on the road leading to the Centennial Bridge, to be installed on Via Transistmica. The movement of the "U beam" caused a massive traffic jam, because the truck was moving at a very low speed. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Allow me to point out the obvious. If they plan to install 361 beams over the coming ten months, that's a rate of more than one beam per day. In other words, there is going to be a constant, non-stop movement of these beams on the roadway from the fabrication plant to the point where they will be installed. So, whatever traffic jam was caused yesterday will also be just as constant and non-stop, for the next ten months. And that's the price of progress. I expect the traffic authorities will get better at it, as they do more of these and gather additional experience. But no matter what, this activity is going to screw up traffic in Panama City even worse than it is already, at least for awhile. I keep looking forward towards that promise of a golden and magical future, when the Metro subway system is operating, all of the roadwork is done, and traffic will zip around just like in the Jetsons. You gotta break some eggs to make a cake...

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Panama Metro Subway U-Beam Movement Causes Traffic Delays
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 30 2012 @ 07:56 AM EDT

Will the subway system be accessible for people with disabilities?
After all they did buy inaccessible buses!