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Rio Hato tunnel is in the final
In six months, the vehicular traffic on the section of the airport in Rio Hato Scarlett Martinez is through the tunnel, as confirmed by the director of inspection, the Ministry of Public Works (MOP), Eliécer Broce.
Broce admitted that there is a delay of three months by the time it took the construction company to relocate utilities (electricity and telephone) and the diversion of cars, but the jobs themselves are an increase of 65%. “Once completed the installation phase of the slab, groundwater flow is enabled to continue work on the airport highway, as provided in the contract,” said Broce.
The extension of the tunnel is 170 meters with a depth of over 8 meters, at a cost of $ 35 million. The project includes the rehabilitation of the current airport runway and the design and construction of the tunnel. The circulation will be two lanes in both directions with central splitter by New Jersey-type barriers and sidewalks with their respective protection. The construction of the underground section is a component for the development of new international airport in Rio Hato, the rehabilitation of the runway 2 000 450 meters long.
Rafael Barcenas, head of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said that the project that develops parallel institution building of the terminal building and control tower has a 60% advance. The project consists of a parking deck for the landing of two Boeing 757-200.
The FAA estimates that the airport, with capacity for 300 passengers in and out, up and running by mid 2013.
The work is worth $ 80 million and have facilities like those in the Tocumen International Airport.
The airport runway remodeled Scarlett Martinez is 2 thousand 500 meters long and the passenger terminal is expected to reflect the characteristics of the area and style of sun and sand, with a demand of 300 passengers in and out.
The airport was built by the U.S. armed forces in 1942. In 1970 it reverted to Panamanian control and remained in use until 1989. The new airport in the province of Cocle will accommodate up to eight aircraft positions.