Panama Canal installs last lock gate in critical step toward completion of expansion

April 28, 2015 4:58 PM

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PANAMA CITY – The Panama Canal is installing the last of 16 giant lock gates that are a key part of the waterway's multibillion-dollar expansion.

Tuesday's installation of the 4,232-ton gate at the Pacific Ocean entrance to the waterway means the most critical phase of the expansion can start in coming weeks: the flooding of the locks.

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