Panama’s President Ricardo Martinelli has announced that soon they would expand the Southern Corridor highway to six lanes, a project he described as being, “of paramount importance.” There are also plans to install card technology that will ensure a more rapid passage of traffic through the toll booths.
He went on to explain that the importance to expand the Southern Corridor is to offer more fluid traffic flow for all Panamanians. The General Manager of the National Highway Company, Rigoberto Effio Morais said that the Southern Corridor should start in 2014 and that they will begin shortly the bidding of the project.
It is anticipated that the expansion will be to add 2 lanes to the existing 4 bringing the total of 3 lanes in each direction. The expected cost is $143 million. The card technology is planned for operation of September 2012.