Soaring 384 feet above the ocean at average tide and measuring 5425 feet from end to end, the Bridge of the Americas reaches across Panama Bay at the Pacific Canal entrance, reuniting the land divided during the construction of the Canal and forming another link in the Panamerican Highway


The bridge occupies the same approximate location as the ferry crossing it replaced.  For 30 years the ferry was the    principal means of transport between the east and west Canal banks.    Remnants of its docks can still be seen on the shore.

Construction of the basically cantilever, tied-arch or suspended span bridge began on December 23, 1958.  Work proceeded from both shores, and on May 16, 1962, the first 70-foot, 98 ton steel beam was placed joining the two sections at the center.  Constructed by the United States at a cost US$20 million, the bridge was inaugurated on Columbus Day, October 12, 1962.

The bridge as appreciated for its beauty as   well as its utility.  Visitors and residents alike enjoy  viewing this gracefully elegant structure in its various moods against a backdrop of rainy season cumulus clouds; or mirrored in the still, reflective waters of the Canal entrance; or with trusses and cables rose-tinged by tropical sunset.*

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