(linguafranca) During Martín Torrijos Administration, the Panama government built the Coastal Strip which borders the Panama Bay in Panama City, Panama. It was a fast lane highway designed to speed the flow of traffic on this densely populated section of the city. The project was so successful, that President Ricardo Martinelli decided to extend it to the borders of the Casco Viejo (Old Shell).
The new extension of the Cinta Costera is almost ready. Automobiles are allowed to transit, although the pedestrian section is still under construction. The Ministry of Public Works is planning to inaugurate this project sometime in February 2011.
I was there last week as was surprised with the urban improvements made in this old area of Panama City. The old Public Market is gone, as well as the depleted stores which crowded the Terraplen. Hundreds of old buildings are being renovated and turned into hotels or apartments. I’m so glad these regal buildings will not be torn down; they are an important part of our history.
Below is a picture of the new segment of the Cinta Costera near the Casco Viejo in Panama City, Panama.