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Panama Canals new lane

The shipping industry has outgrown the nearly 100-year-old Panama Canal, so the canal is adding a third lane with wider, deeper, and longer locks. The eight-year, $5.25 billion project will add three 1,400-foot-long, 60-foot-deep chambers to each end of the 50-mile route connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans -- an increasingly vital (and lucrative) passage between Asia and the Eastern U.S.
By the numbers
Growth in shipping from Asia to the East Coast of the U.S. from 2000 to 2011. During that time the Panama Canals toll revenue grew 201%.
788 million: Amount of dirt, in cubic feet, excavated and dredged for the canals Third Lane Expansion project -- enough to fill 671,943 standard shipping containers.
12,000: Container capacity of post-"Panamax" cargo ships, so called because they arent yet able to pass through the canal (current maximum size is 5,000 containers).