Roughan & O’Donovan provided the preliminary bridge design and environmental engineering services for a new, fourth bridge over the Panama canal, including approach viaducts and access roads on the Pacific side.
Through close co-operation with our client and joint venture partners, we succeeded in delivering a cost effective, structurally efficient and elegant bridge design.
1.12kmTotal cable-stay span length
6No. of lanes for transit vehicles
190mHeight of inverted Y-shaped towers
The 3km long, cable-stayed bridge was designed to connect west Panama with Panama city, increase traffic and freight transport capacity and improve vessel navigability through the canal.
It has a main span of 540m and a clearance of some 80m over the navigation channel of the canal.
It features two inverted Y-shaped towers, three lanes of 3.65 meters in each direction for transit vehicles and two monorail lanes dedicated to a metro line service.
Our challenge lay in co-ordinating a multidisciplinary team responsible for:
- Technical analysis of road design
- Environmental design
- Bridge design
- Geotechnical design
- Cost surveying
- Construction programme modelling
- Bridge engineering design
- Road engineering design
- Environmental engineering consultancy