Sunday, June 19 2011 @ 11:16 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Tunnel: Option A which appears in the document consists of a tunnel whose interconnection point will be at the Seafood Market and will run towards the Ave. de las Poetas. The tunnel consists of two separate excavations in the form of a semicircle, each with two lanes for traffic, connecting Avenida Balboa to the Avenue of the Poets. Each tunnel would have lighting, drainage (gutters and sewer) as well as ventilation. The use of a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) would be required for the excavation of each tunnel.
Landfill: Option B is the use of new landfill along the Casco Viejo, which includes the creation of a bike lane and pedestrian areas connecting with the Coastal area of Amador. The proposal also contemplates the use of protection fill, in order to revitalize and to appreciate the external wall of the Paseo Esteban Huertas or the vaults as a historical element. One the sea side, towards the wall - the boundary of Casco Viejo - there would be a minimum of a 30 meter wide buffer zone to allow for urban planning and landscaping, a strip 21.6 meters wide for traffic, and 25 to 50 meters of green areas to the wall. Work on the landfill will require the removal of the blade, then the construction of a breakwater shielded with granular material, stones or blocks. The landfill would be as high as the maximum tides, whereas the viability (green areas, urban parks) will be above the maximum levels of tides. There would also be new parking spaces constructed outside of Casco Viejo.
Viaduct: The option C of the proposal involves the construction of a viaduct similar to marine section of the Southern Corridor, but with the inclusion of a four-lane cable-stayed bridge with a bike lane and pedestrian sidewalk. The stay cables of the bridge will be designed with the colors red, blue and white.
The Video is not official: The Public Works Minister Federico Suarez said on Friday the video being circulated on the Internet (does not) reflect the proposals the government proposed to UNESCO. The video shows modern buildings on the Avenue of the Poets and Avenida de Los Martires. Suarez said those responsible for the video are "ill-intentioned people who want to distort the issue" to cause harm. "We do not have an official option. We are in an evaluation process and we will wait to hear what UNESCO says," the minister added. The construction of the third phase of the Coastal Strip has caused face offs between entrepreneurs and the residents of San Felipe and El Chorrillo. (Panama America)