The Bridge of the Americas
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The Bridge of the Americas Aug 27, 2008
The Bridge of the Americas spans the Pacific approach to the Panama Canal. Located in Balboa, near Panama City, the bridge was constructed between 1959 and 1962 by the United States and carries motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles. Total length of the bridge is 1,654 meters (5,425 feet) and it is 34 feet wide. The under clearance of the main span is 201 feet at high tide.
From its completion in 1962 until the opening of the Centennial Bridge in 2004, the Bridge of the Americas was the only permanent crossing of the Panama Canal - the only permanent link between North and South America. Two smaller road/rail swing bridges cross the canal but are only usable when no ships are passing and provide very limited capacity. Together with the newer Centennial Bridge, the Bridge of the Americas makes a key part of the Pan-American Highway. A nice viewpoint for this bridge is from the Balboa Yacht Club which lies to the southwest.
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