A view of the Panama Canal last Thursday. The canal is being widened to accommodate larger ships, but the builders and the canal operators are locked in a dispute about who will pay the higher-than-expected costs to finish the project.
Credit Alejandro Bolivar / EPA /Landov
Workers at the construction site of the Panama Canal expansion project on the outskirts of Colon City, Panama, on Tuesday.
For five years, a multibillion-dollar expansion has been underway on the Panama Canal so that ships three times the current size can pass through the vital waterway. The new, wider canal will alter global trade routes and dramatically increase revenue for Panama's government, primarily from toll charges.
The expansion is more than two-thirds done, but now a funding dispute between the builders and the canal operators threatens to bring construction to a halt.
Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 8:41 pm
This post was updated at 7:45 p.m.
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