Photo of the Week
January 11, 2004
Here is a great aerial photo of the Gatun
Spillway with all gates open. I recently came across this 1970's
vintage post card and reminded me of the time we sat the Tarpon Club and
watched a full spill like this. This could have been the same
spill. You wonder how the bridge can take this kind of abuse.
See some other photos of the Gatun Spillway and bridge during a full spill
on the CZ Images web site by (clicking
here) and (here).
The bridge at the Gatun Spillway was rebuilt this past year by the Panama Canal Authority. The old steel trestle bridge was removed and replaced by a concrete span.
|This photo is a poor newspaper
scan of what the bridge looked like when the trestle was removed.
Photo from the El Faro newspaper (former Spillway), photographer
|Here is a really good photo
showing the cement span in place. This photo was taken by CZ
Images contributor Nina Brown. Note the netting to catch workers
if they fell.
When I visited Panama this past March, we visited the Gatun Spillway and we could see that some sort of work was beginning to take place. The old trestle bridge was still in place at that time, but they had earthen dikes to control water flow on the spillway apron. You can see some of these earthen dikes beyond the bridge that have grass growing on them. I don't have a final photo of what the bridge looks like today, but will post one when I get one.
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