The government is about to invest 10 billion pesos (about 470 million US dollars) in Cancún, Quintana Roo, to modernize the infrastructure of the tourist destination, President López Obrador announced this week.
The Caribbean city will receive funds for the Nichupté Bridge, a new 8.7 kilometer road link over the Nichupté Lagoon connecting the city to the Hotel Zone, and for the renovation of Luis Donaldo Colosio Avenue, which connects the Hotel Zone at the airport and in the city.
The president said it was high time the avenue was taken care of and explained how it would be funded: “We are going to improve this avenue, Colosio, which is the main one and which is in very bad condition, totally destroyed. We have already made the commitment to redo it… in hydraulic concrete, ensuring that the drainage and water networks are also rebuilt. This is a project that we are going to do jointly between the state government and the federal government,” he said.
The government’s financial commitment to the Pont Nichupté means a previous financing plan, a public-private partnership, will be abolished.
Governor Carlos Manuel Joaquín said the change in funding for the bridge would reduce investment and force the project to be scaled back. “This is a question that we will present during the next visit of the president; it will no longer be a public-private partnership. The bridge had very broad purposes. In addition to vehicle lanes, it included bike lanes and maintenance plans during the concession years, but now, faced with the possibility of being a public project, they will be lost. The goals of the project will have to be reduced,” he said.
The president also announced a 300-hectare recreational park in Tulum called The Park of the Jaguar, near an archaeological reserve, through which he aims to protect the area from overdevelopment.
Quintana Roo has benefited from significant government investments. A new airport is under construction in Tulum, and it is one of five states where the $8 billion Maya train project will work when completed, which is expected to start operating in 2023.
With reports from El Economista