Excavation of the Culebra Cut
broken down by construction era.
The whole project of spanning the two great oceans of the world rested on digging this, the highest and narrowest stretch of the canal, known to Panamanians as the Culebra Cut
and to Americans as the Gaillard Cut, after the chief engineer of the project.
Deepening and widening of the Canal's Atlantic and Pacific entrances and of the Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut
navigation channels; and,
Leaving the lake after a couple of hours or so we were back in the diggings, and the most challenging part of the whole project - the Culebra Cut
, where, quite literally, they moved mountains to get through the continental divide.
The project builds 2 new sets of locks one on the Pacific side and one on the Atlantic side, while widening and deepening the navigational channels in Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut
, an artificial valley that was cut through the continental divide and that forms part of the canal.