Ayesa is expanding its presence in Panama thanks to a new contract with China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC). The contract, worth 4.7 million dollars (around 4.2 million euros at today’s exchange rate), involves carrying out an independent review of the design of the Cuarto Puente bridge, over the Panama Canal.
The construction of the bridge will require 1500 million dollars in investment, making it the fifth biggest project in the country’s history.
The cable-stayed bridge will measure approximately 6.5 kilometres in length, whilst the deck will have a span of 510 metres and the vertical clearance will measure 75 metres. It will cross the Pacific end of the Panama Canal, to the north of the Puente de las Américas bridge, one of the country’s most iconic. Its purpose is to reduce traffic in and out of Panama City, from the residential areas of Arraiján and La Chorrera, in the province of Panamá Oeste. It is estimated that more than 70,000 vehicles will cross it daily, benefiting 1.7 million people.
Moreover, it will feature a traffic control system, including variable-message signs, automatic accident detection and traffic cameras, as well as a free flow toll system.
This is Ayesa’s chance to join a select group of engineering companies to have participated in this kind of infrastructure on such a scale. The independent review to be undertaken by Ayesa will involve providing supervision services for the design of the bridge and all road works, in addition to checking all documentation which must be submitted to the Ministry of Public Works (MOP).
‘Ayesa, well known for the rigorous supervision services it has provided for the country’s most important infrastructure in recent years, is joining forces with China Harbour, one of the world’s leading construction giants’, explains Isidoro Carrillo, Managing Director for International Business at Ayesa.
CHEC is a company belonging to the group China Communications Construction Company. It has 15,000 employees and is involved in projects in more than a hundred countries.