Cancun, Q. R. — The Strategic Projects Agency of Quintana Roo says they intend to ensure the construction of the Nichupte Bridge in the hotel zone of Cancun for 2020.
Eduardo Ortiz Jasso, director of la Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos de Quintana Roo (Agepro), explained that there are federal funds that could be accessed for the project if it is deemed as having a high social profitability.
That is, in addition to providing a solution to the vehicular traffic of Kukulcán Boulevard, it favors the public transport of thousands of hotel workers and could be a route for alternative transport such as bicycles.
The project, which is said to cost 4.5 billion peso, is already under technical and financial feasibility studies. Ortiz Jasso says that the Mexican firm Controladora de Operaciones de Infraestructura SA de CV (Conoisa) is preparing the study to define the cost of building the 8.4 kilometer bridge in addition to preparing the study of tariff sensitivity, which will define how much users are willing to pay to use the bridge.
“Once we have the precise data of how much the work will cost and how much could be charged to users, you can then run the most appropriate financial model for the project,” he explained.
The number of private vehicles, together with the number of public transport units that would circulate daily on the bridge, could make the project eligible for federal financing as it would also include a bicycle path and a pedestrian walkway.
He said that once the studies are complete, the project would be tendered in the first half of 2020 to begin work that same year. “We are convinced that it is a project that can begin and conclude in the three years that remain in the administration of Governor Carlos Joaquín González.”