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Bojórquez bridge for Cancun Hotel Zone still in talks

Cancun, Q.R. — Discussions regarding the Bojórquez bridge over the lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone are still occuring, according to officials.

The National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur), notes that although they have more than 239 million peso for the project, it was made clear last year that the bridge would not be part of the 2018 agenda.

However, talks are not off the table. According to the Transparency Unit platform, another 227 million peso has been collected for the maintenance of the project, and remains under analysis since pedestrian bridges have also become a topic for a possible resolution.

According to Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary of Communications and Transport, the bridge over the Bojórquez Lagoon, which is headed by Fonatur, continues to be analyzed along with the placement of pedestrian bridges to help deal with intense traffic in the hotel zone.

“They are analyzing and (we) are waiting for information from the central offices to tell us if this budget is going to be exercised or what is going to happen in terms of maintenance,” said Juan González Castelán, regional delegate of the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur).

Since 2016, Fonatur allocated 240 million peso from its budget for the start of the project, but budget cuts at the federal level prevented further development of bridge plans.

In 2014, Fonatur commissioned a Benefit Cost Analysis based on a demand study and found the bridge to be listed as a priority in the National Infrastructure Program 2014-2018, as a solution to the traffic problem identified on Boulevard Kukulcán.

“Right now, from the delegation, we are waiting to see if there is specific instruction regarding the bridge, to know how to inform the media and of course the citizenship,” said González Castelán.

The project consists of the construction of a bridge over the Bojórquez Lagoon, which will serve as an alternative route to the section of Kukulcán Boulevard that currently passes through Punta Cancún. If constructed, the new bridge will help decongest the area by at least 10,000 vehicles per day.