The Panama Cuarto Puente Consortium (CPCP) has awarded the work to Highway Planning & Design Institute (HDPI), Sener and Greisch.

CPCP’s project covers the design and construction of a six-lane bridge that will cross the canal between Panama West and Panama City.

The structure of the main bridge will be designed by HPDI in collaboration with Sener and Greisch, which are responsible for special studies and supplementary projects.

The cable-stayed bridge will have a total length of 965m, a main span of 485m and a vertical clearance for passing ships of 75m.

Fourth bridge over the Panama Canal

The project includes complex interchanges at either side of the canal as well as their double-decker access viaducts, with a total length of 2,450m. Sener will design the interchanges and access viaducts.

Ricardo Sardinha, global highways business director at Sener, said: “We are very pleased that the customer, CPCP, opted for our proposal following an exhaustive analysis subject to rigorous technical and ethical criteria. CPCP’s goal at all times was to find balanced solutions that satisfied the demanding technical, financial and aesthetic requirements, which our proposal does.”