The Concrete Canal

The vastness of the Panama Canal construction site, which is almost one mile long, complicates the transfer of concrete.

Some hard-to-reach places are served by tower-crane mounted conveyors.

A conveyor delivers concrete to the site, which, in places, is a maze of rebar.

Concrete is transported from the batch plant to the point of placement by ready-mix trucks, agitator trucks, pumps, conveyors, central placing towers, and buckets.

Agitator trucks dump concrete into the hopper, which provides a steady feed to the conveyors.

Insulated agitator truck bodies equipped with roll-back tarps keep the concrete produced at the batch plant at super-cooled temperatures.

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