A bond between Panama and Costa Rica
An impressive 260-meter structure on the Sixaola River joins Costa Rica and Panama since March 4th.
The new Binational Bridge strengthens Central American integration, security and safety for tourists and residents of the border of these two countries, as it offers two traffic lanes, access ramps for pedestrians and cyclists, lighting, drainage and signaling systems.
This bridge, which is part of the actions contemplated for the establishment of the Mesoamerican International Highway Network of the Mesoamerican Integration and Development Project, contributes to safe traffic and urgent tourist and commercial development activities in the area.
The construction was carried out by the Sixaola Binational Consortium, composed by Constructora Meco, Cal & Mayor y Asociados and Mexpresa and managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). From this $ 25-million investment, $ 10 million come from a non-refundable item from the Mesoamerican Infrastructure Fund and the contribution of Costa Rica and Panama, with a counterpart of $ 7.5 million each.
The progress of the process
The works had an important environmental and social component. From the beginning of its construction process, the consortium ensured that no material fell on the Sixaola river. Also, the old railway bridge was carefully removed to avoid any further damage.
This also required the separation of ordinary waste, recycling materials, scrap metal, wood and hydrocarbons, and there were contingency plans with anti-spill kits and immediate bioremediation of any hydrocarbon spill produced by the project equipment and machinery.
During the construction process, work was done on a 140-meter temporary bridge, over which the teams moved during the construction phase of the new bridge.
The physical and biological environment of the area was monitored periodically. This revision included excess noise, water quality, as well as relocation of terrestrial and aquatic fauna in the area.
Important efforts were made to raise awareness among pedestrians who were passing during the execution of the work and training was offered to workers on environmental issues to promote the care of the riverbank and animal species.
Constructora Meco’s sustainability model is based on the commitment to control and manage risks, as well as the use and protection of the environment that surrounds it.