Vía Brasil Corridor, Sections 1 and 2

Vía Brasil Corridor, Sections 1 and 2

Modernisation of the terrestrial infrastructures in the City of Panama

The Vía Brasil Corridor projects are included in the Master Plan for Panama City Roadway Reorganisation initiated by the National Government. The objective is to make traffic flow more flexible by reorganising and improving the capital's roadway system.

This Master Plan includes the Vía Brasil Corridor Sections 1 and 2 projects, with the study, design, construction and financing of both.

The works are being executed right in the centre of Panama City, in several of its main junctions.

Section 1: works on the junctions of the Vía Brasil with Vía Simón Bolívar (Trans-isthmian) and Vía Ricardo J. Alfaro (Tumba Muerto), which consists of transforming the existing crossings with traffic lights on a single level, into crossings on three levels without traffic lights by the construction of an overpass, an underpass and a surface roundabout, at each junction. New pedestrian pavements will also be constructed, together with new lighting, road signs and markings and the two underpasses will be fitted with pumping stations and the overhead public services will be moved underground.

Section: 2: works on the junctions of the Vía Brasil with Nicanor Obarrio (Calle 50) and with Vía Israel to transform the existing crossings with traffic lights on a single level, into crossings on two levels without traffic lights by the construction of an underpass in the case of Calle 50 and an underpass and a surface roundabout for Vía Israel. In addition, three elevated pedestrian crossings will be constructed to facilitate pedestrian movement and safety, providing the streets with new pavements, lighting, road signs and markings. The two underpasses will be fitted with pumping stations and the overhead public services will be moved underground and, as a complement, the River Matasnillo course located near the project will be cleaned.


Remarkable aspects

  • The works form part of the reorganisation plan set up by the Panamanian Government.
  • The goal is infrastructure modernisation to make traffic flow more flexible by reorganising and improving the capital's roadway system.
  • Roadway connectivity improvement between the north and south corridors.
  • During the construction for both projects, traffic control, relocation of public services (water, electricity and telecommunications) and community relations (houses, shops and people passing etc) are all very important.

Cost: 306.0 M€

Client: Ministry of Public Works

Start date: July 2011

End date: July 2014