This photo of the bridge provides an aerial view that contextualizes the historic importance the bridge holds as a railroad connector to the Dredging Division (in the fore ground) and the Atlantic side of the canal. The bridge also marks a very special point of interest in the canal construction history. It was the point at which the Chagres River fed into the canal; the very last gap to be excavated after the Culebra Cut. In 1913 the blast that finally completed this very difficult land cut was triggered remotely from the Theodore Roosevelt’s White House as a group of Americans and international visitors stood on Gamboa hills to witness this history momentous moment that unharnessed the flow of the Chagres flow into the new interoceanic pathway.

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  1. Joachim Pruefer

    What is the Span of the Aporoaches and the Main Steel Truss ? And how do the Pief foundations look like when they were built ? Was the steel bridge built on existing piers built by the French ?

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