This week we are taking a deviation from the
Canal Zone Scouting photos to show everyone the BREAKING NEWS in
Panama. CZ Images contributor Bill Fall sent me this photo this
week and is showing our anticipated reality had final become reality.
Without any fanfare, drum rolls or bugles blasting, ACP has finally
severed the last surface land tie to what was once Gatun. Gatun is
now an island. As shown above, they are beginning to remove the
dike separating the new Aqua Clara Locks and Gatun Lake. Although
very historic, it leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouths of Zonians,
especially those that once called Gatun their home. A friend of
Bill sent him this photo which he captured off of the ACP's April update
on YouTube. I went to YouTube to watch this video and it just
shows a quick view of the above and once again, no fanfare.
Earlier in the week prior to Bill
sending me this capture, I received another email from someone that
attached the image below. Although it is a terrible image, it
shows the only way to get onto Gatun Island. This is a ACP advisory
release and photo:
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 5:17 PM
Subject: Desvío de Tráfico por el Tapón Sur
This is to alert everyone that from April
12, 2016, vehicular traffic traveling to Costa Abajo or Ft. Sherman will
be on the Gate No.1, by following the route to the Visitors Center
Atlantic, and continuing along the access road running past the Dock 45
project area to cross the new locks above the Gate No.1.
Once across the gate, the continue on the street running by the Diving School, past the Yacht Club, and on to the Gatun Locks
The reverse route is to travel from Costa Abajo to the city of Colon.
The traffic will run in both directions simultaneously on the stretches
of road outside the project area and in one direction at a time in the
area within the project.
We request all travelers to respect the traffic signs and to drive
When Bill sent me the above image, it
then made sense why I received the ACP advisory earlier.
I guess until the new bridge is
completed, this will be the way to get to Gatun, Gatun Locks, Costa
Abajo and Fort Sherman.
I couldn't find any of this info on
the ACP website.
WOW...how things are changing.