rosales + partners

Puente Centenario

  • Location: Panama City, Panama
  • Type: Single Tower Cable-Stayed Bridge
  • Services: Conceptual, Preliminary Design, Physical Models, and Renderings
  • Cost: $100 Million
  • Completion: 2004
  • Client: Ministerio de Obras Publicas, Panama
  • Project Notes

    x Close Notes

    The Puente Centenario is a slender cable-stayed bridge carrying six lanes of traffic across the Panama Canal. With a main span of 1,400' (427m), it is the longest span of its kind in Central and South America. A vertical navigational clearance of 250' (76m) allows large vessels to pass below and accommodates a future canal expansion. The 600' (183m) towers support a single plane of cables anchored along the median. The bridge is visible from great distances and contrasts dramatically with the lush rainforest setting. Aesthetic lighting illuminates the towers at night, thus making the bridge the sole focal point in an otherwise naturally dark setting. Designed throughout to appear modern, streamlined and elegant, the Puente Centenario is a fitting landmark for Panama and its people.

    Firms involved in the completion of this project include:

    Architect: Rosales + Partners
    Engineers: T.Y. Lin International Group (Preliminary Design)
    Leonhardt Andra & Partners (Final Design)