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FCC abre ao tráfego o corredor central da Cidade do Panamá com a presença do presidente Martinelli

04/10/2013

FCC opens the Panama City central corridor to traffic in the presence of president Martinelli

FCC opens the Panama City central corridor to traffic in the presence of president Martinelli

FCC has opened a section of the Vía Brasil corridor, Panama City’s main avenue, to traffic. The opening event was attended by the President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli, and the FCC, Chairman, Esther Alcocer Koplowitz. Also present were the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, the FCC directors Alicia and Carmen Alcocer Koplowitz, and the head of FCC Construcción, Fernando Moreno, among others.

The section opened ends at the Vía Brasil II corridor. On the first section of this project, which has required an investment of €167 million, the traffic lights were eliminated and an overpass, a tunnel and a surface roundabout were built.

FCC Construcción is currently undertaking the Works for section 2 of the Vía Brasil corridor, for a price of €139 million. This affects the intersections of three of the city’s main traffic routes (as well as Vía Brasil, Calle 50 and Vía Israel). Both projects are part of new road planning under the auspices of the Panamanian ministry of public works.

The aim of building the two sections of the Vía Brasil corridor is to improve the link between the north and south corridors, where traffic is very heavy at peak times. The new solution will relieve congestion, thereby cutting journey times and reducing air pollution. In addition, access to the city centre will be improved, as will pedestrian traffic, road safety and landscape integration.

Forecasts estimate that more than one million users will benefit from the works under this new road planning. Currently 140,000 vehicles use Vía Brasil every day. The construction works for this first section of Vía Brasil have employed more than 700 workers, 90% of whom were Panamanians.