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
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