Construction for new Cancun bridge set for next year

Cancun, Q.R. – The new vehicle bridge from the Cancun Hotel Zone to the mainland is to start next year with a cost of 800 million peso.

According to Hector Martin, head of the National fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR), the bridge will help ease the current traffic congestion as well as give hotel zone drivers an alternative method to the mainland.

Traffic reports from the Municipal Secretariat of Public Trust say that as of now, Cancun intersections are overloaded with traffic, especially during peak hours. Reports show that Boulevard Kukulcan and Luis Donaldo Colosio see more than 7,300 cars between 8:00 a.m. and noon and 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The construction of the bridge has been approved by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) who approved the environmental impact statement after several project adjustments. The goal, when constructing the new bridge, will be to protect the mangroves and ensure as little environmental impact as possible.

Francisco Lopez Reyes, director of Municipal Tourism, says the work will provide numerous benefits to both locals and visitors. He says currently, Punta Cancun as a tourist area has a high concentration of hotels, restaurants and shopping areas that contribute to the slow rush-hour traffic.

The new 4-lane bridge, which will be constructed over Laguna Borjorquez, will consist of 28 support pillars and span just over 1,200 meters long. The highest peak of the bridge will be 19 meters. The bridge will be in place at Kilometer 7 to 9 on Boulevard Kukulcan and is scheduled for completion sometime in 2017.

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