Posted on 2019-04-25
The Panama Canal inaugurated the Logistics Corridor (CLC), in the Pacific, a highway that will serve ports, industrial parks, factories and distribution centers in an agile and safe manner.
The ceremony was chaired by the Minister for Canal Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Canal, Roberto Roy, and the administrator of the waterway, Jorge Luis Quijano.
"With this corridor the Canal makes a new contribution to the logistic development of the country, fulfilling its role of enhancing Panama's capacity as the continent's main transport and connection hub, complementing the advantages offered by the interoceanic highway and our service economy" said administrator Quijano.
Part of the road, which was initially used for the Canal's internal operations, has been reconditioned for the use of cargo trucks, through the payment of tolls, in accordance with the new business plan to enhance the expanded Canal.
The road with two lanes, and three in sections with steep slopes, is built with concrete and asphalt, with an extension of 7.7 kilometers, from the Locks of Cocolí to Marieta, where it connects with the Centennial Bridge. Its interconnection with the Interamerican Highway is through the Bruja highway, 3.4 kilometers long.
The 11 km route of the CLC from the Inter-American Highway, at the entrance of Panama-Pacific, to the Centennial Bridge, according to the established speeds of between 40 and 60 km / hour, is estimated at just 8.5 minutes.
In comparison, the Interamericana-Arraiján-Centenario route, the only one used so far, totals about 20 kilometers, with an average time of 30 minutes or hours, depending on the time the route is made and the retentions that the ATTT has established. for heavy equipment.
Cargo vehicles (truck with axles and combined trucks) have traffic restrictions between 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the roads of the Autopista Arraiján-La Chorrera-Vía. Centennial, in accordance with the provisions of OAL Resolution No. 345 and OAL 346 of the ATTT.
The trucks that will use the Canal Logistics Corridor will have to join the Cargo Pass system, similar to the one that operates in the North and South Corridors and the Colón-Panama Highway. The toll has been established at US $ 6.50 per transit, and does not allow entry with a negative balance or violation of the established rules.
The entire route of the road is monitored by technology, which allows detecting the violation of the established speed norms, or if the vehicle has stopped in full swing, in which case the necessary assistance will be given.
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