A final decision on the twin multi-billion projects of the fourth bridge across the canal and Metro Line 3 has to be made in January and The Ministry of Public Works (MOP) is evaluating the options including to build them separately to “try to reduce the risks”.
Public Works Minister Rafael Sabonge , announced on Tuesday, November 26 that they will wait for the outcome of the technical proposals to make a decision.
"In December we must receive the final report from the contractor and in January have a final decision on both projects," said Sabonge.
He said that that they are working in parallel with the Panama Metro and evaluating the options that would involve the separation of the projects and even the idea of building a tunnel.
"I think we are being responsible for improving and decreasing the uncertainty of both projects and for making sure that both are finished on time within cost," Sabonge said.
Among the complications Sabonge mentioned the relocation of certain public services, and the project involves interaction with the operation of the Panama Canal.
Another of the risks involved in the works of the fourth bridge is the effects on the Panama Ports Company.
Sabonge said that in order to access the work yard, a pre-agreement with the company had to be signed. "This pre-agreement gives us 180 days to reach a final agreement with Panama Ports Company, otherwise the work would have to be suspended."
The minister said that the contract has $30 million planned for these effects with Panama Ports Company and communications with the company are "a risk of time and money."