Gaillard Cut


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Gaillard Cut

the SE section of the Panama Canal, cut through Culebra Mountain. Length: about 13 km (8 miles)
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Ongoing improvements include the widening of the Gaillard Cut.
One of the monumental construction feats was the Gaillard Cut, which was made through rock and shale and was plagued with devastating slides during the project.
1 -- 2 -- color) Passengers crowd along the forward rails as the Sun Princess eases its way through Gaillard Cut in the Panama Canal, top.
The Gaillard Cut (also known as the Culebra Cut) is currently being widened and deepened.
Possible solutions to the canal crunch, said Bastian, range from building a third set of locks to accommodate bigger ships, widening the eight-mile-long Gaillard Cut near the Pacific end of the canal, and building a new sea-level waterway between the Caribbean and the Pacific which would entirely bypass the existing Panama Canal.
The authority attributed the reduction, in part, to a modernization program which has recently widened the Gaillard Cut, increased the Canal's locomotive fleet from 80 to 100 units, and acquired more powerful and maneuverable tugs.
equipment and supplies, as well as the current widening of the Gaillard Cut, the Canal is contemplating enormous investments in the future.