There always seem to be projects underway in our area. There are everything from small home improvement projects to major road construction. New commercial buildings and new homes are everywhere and more are planned. There is a sign in my favorite field that says it will become a housing area soon, and people are looking at land by the river below our house.
This is one of many new walls that have been built in our neighborhood. Most are short with fences like the one next to the wall. Since this is on a busier street, we figured this is why they built a solid wall. The opening is for trash. The trash is put in from the back, and the trash men can pick it up from the front.
We have seen more piles of dirt by the street lately. Soon after they appear, there are men with wheelbarrows to move the dirt and get going on whatever gardening project is underway.
This is a very common sight. People often add new rooms or terraces to their homes. Construction is with block and cement. The cement is mixed on the ground and taken by wheelbarrow to where it is needed. Whenever you see piles of sand, gravel, and blocks by the side of the road you know a project is underway.
They are building a little complex of houses here. It looks like it’s going to be nice so will be interesting to see this when it is finished.
There are also more major projects underway everywhere. We have seen many bus stops being built, and a number of overpasses for pedestrians over busy roadways.
This is one of the many new bus stops being constructed. The pedestrian walkway behind it is almost finished.
When we went to Boquete to the bank, they were in the process of placing the big steel beam for a pedestrian walkway.
These beams are huge! We saw them parking another by the side of the road. They had a big truck on either end, and they were working together to put the beam where they wanted it. Here there are two cranes working together to place the beam.
As we were driving back from Boquete later, we saw that the beam was in place but the southbound lanes were still closed for work in progress.
The biggest project underway in our area is an overpass. The new road from Boquete is almost finished, and where it intersects with the PanAmerican highway it will go up over the highway. On and off ramps are also planned. This is a congested area so hopefully this will help the traffic flow, and it is very interesting to see the construction in progress.
Construction started on the south side of the highway with a lot of heavy equipment and large drillers. Now they have placed these round structures made of rebar. We have seen these rebar cylinders in a storage area up the road, and what you see here is maybe 1/4 of the length, so they must be dug into the ground at quite a depth.
We also saw this big machine on the south side of the road.
Now they also have some of these rebar cylinders dug into the ground on the north side of the highway.
This digger has been working hard and it’s fun to see it in action.
It’s fun to ride our bikes down to the site and come up behind all the action.
Lots of big machines at work!
We are in the US now so there won’t be many more posts from Panama for awhile. I had these photos standing by and this post planned though, so I’m catching up a bit. It will be interesting to see what has been happening when we return to Panama!
About Kris Cunningham
We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.