The Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the Canal since its original construction. The project will create a new lane of traffic along the Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling the waterway’s capacity.
The Program consists of several components/projects:
- New Locks (Third Set of Locks), which is the construction of two lock complexes, which will create a third lane of traffic.
- Pacific Access Channel, also known as PAC4, which is the excavation of a 6.1 km-long access channel for the new Pacific locks to bypass Miraflores Lake.
- Dredging of the navigational channels along the waterway.
- Improvements to water supply by raising Gatun Lake maximum operational level by 45 cm to improve the Canal’s water supply and draft.
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