Panama City is being transformed completely from the bottom up. There is not an inch within the perimeter of the city where construction workers are not tearing up a building and erecting a new one. Never before in the history of the country has there been such a construction fever, with the exception of the construction of the Panama Railroad and the Panama Canal We are living a historic period and I’m part of it. Thanks to Lingua Franca, I’m able to capture for posterity this exciting construction boom underway in our beloved city.
Every month I have to go to the Social Security clinic in Bethania to replenish my stock of high blood pressure medicines. In order to reach the building, I had to walk across a dangerous speedway known as Corredor Norte. People are not the best drivers in Panama, so if you’re not careful, you will be flattened out by irresponsible and reckless drivers. Specially in the early morning when they are heading for work.
There were no traffic cops of traffic lights to help us out. We were on our own, like toreros (bull fighters), on the pike. About a month ago, a beautiful pedestrian bridge was built to help our cause. Now we know we can make it to the clinic alive, albeit a little tired after walking up and down the pedestrian bridge; but that’s okay. Exercise is always good for your health. My wife and I are very happy and grateful for the construction of this safe passage across the freeway.
Below are several pictures of the pedestrian bridge taken on an early Tuesday morning last week. The sun was beautiful and the air was nice and cool. Take a look at this aesthetic bridge above Corredor Norte (Northern Freeway).