Cancún, Q.R. — The Laguna Bojórquez bridge, which has been considered an essential necessity to decongest traffic in the hotel zone of Cancun, will be rescued by the government of Quintana Roo and the National Fund for Tourism Promotion (Fonatur).
The announcement comes after hefty federal budget cuts in 2015 and 2016 that prevented the bridge from being started.
Fonatur general director, Miguel Alonso Reyes, said that “the bridge is a priority issue we have towards Cancún.” Although he acknowledged that there are no resources tagged in 2017 for the bridge, he said that this is a work of vital importance for the mobility of Cancun, which is a main tourist destination by volume of tourists and economic injection.
“This is an issue that we are resuming in 2017, we are looking into alternatives and talking with Governor Carlos Joaquin, because his government has great interest that this infrastructure is reactivated.”
He explained that the resources to get the bridge started could come from a mixed scheme in association with the private initiative or with a mixture of state, federation and eventually, municipal resources.
“There are no resources tagged for the bridge, but eventually some agreement could be reached. Everything will depend on their wills and, above all, see that this essential work for Cancun is validated and supported.”
In October 2015, then director general of Fonatur, Héctor Gómez Barraza, announced that the bridge would be built in 2016 with a budget that would come entirely from the Fund. In Fonatur’s 2016 budget, 240 million pesos was earmarked to begin the bridge, however, budget cuts announced by the federal government prevented the project from even getting off the ground.
The project has already been approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources and is to be a 1,206-meter-long bridge supported by 28 columns above the Bojórquez Lagoon.