On Thursday (May 6) the United States signed an agreement in Washington with Colombia and Panama to construct the final link in the 14,000 mile (22,400 kms) Pan American Highway.
AERIAL VIEW jungle (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT map of route
SV Part of completed road
LV ZOOM IN bridge
SV Tracking Shot through town (2 shots)
SV Men working on new section and car past (2 shots)
SV Men cutting through jungle
SV Surveyor with theodolite
SV Man placing marker post for surveyor in undergrowth
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Background: On Thursday (May 6) the United States signed an agreement in Washington with Colombia and Panama to construct the final link in the 14,000 mile (22,400 kms) Pan American Highway. When it's completed the road will connect Alaska to the top of South America.
The agreements call for the construction of a 250 mile (400 kms) stretch of highway across the Darien Gap in Colombia and Panama. The Darien Gap is an area of forest, jungles and swamps which, until recently, was considered impassable.
This official film, the latest to be released, was shot in the 1960's and shows work in progress along some of the tough sections of the Darien Gap with surveyors and labourers hacking their ways through dense undergrowth. It also shows some of the completed sections of the highway in Panama and Colombia.
SYNOPSIS: Work is going ahead to drive a new highway through this seemingly impenetrable jungle. The area is known as the Darien Gap and is located in Colombia and Panama. At one time it was considered impassable - an area of forest, jungles and swamps.
The Darien Gap is a stretch of 250 rugged miles (400 kms), but it's a vital tract in the completion programme of the Pan American Highway - the metalled route which, when finished, will connect Alaska to the top of South America.
The road, when completed will be 14,000 miles (22,400 kms) long. On Thursday the United States signed an agreement with Colombia and Panama to go ahead and build the final link. This official film shows some of the difficulties encountered in completing the ambitious road link which will, it's said, benefit all the Americas.