Panama Canal expansion to open in June

WCN Editorial Team 28 Mar 2016 SOUTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Panama Canal is set to open on 26 June 2016.

The project includes expansion of the 50-mile long waterway to manage increased levels of traffic and bigger cargo ships.

Work involves construction of two new sets of locks, one each on the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean sides, excavation for new entrance channels to the new locks, widening and deepening the existing channels, as well as raising the water level of Gatun Lake.

The project, which began in 2007, was initially scheduled to be completed in October 2014. It has however been delayed owing to construction, labour, and legal issues, as well as discovery of fissures in one of the widened locks.

Work on the expansion is currently 97% complete.

Panama Canal Authority CEO Jorge Quijano said: "The dream of expansion will become a reality when we inaugurate the biggest infrastructure project in the history of the Canal and the country of Panama."

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