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Agreement published for the construction of the Cancun Nichupté Lagoon Bridge project

Cancun, Q.R. — Three plots of land donated by the government for the construction of the Nichupté Lagoon Bridge have been made official. José Alberto Alonso Ovando , director of Agencia de Proyectos Estratégicos del Estado de Quintana Roo (Agepro), says the agreement has been published in the Official Gazette of the Federation.

He said on February 25, the agreement was published between the SCT, Agepro and the City Council of Benito Juárez, in which the state government delivers three plots of land for the bridge.

The plots are 907,000 square meters, 185,000 square meters and another of 54,000 square meters. All three are located next to the 307 federal highway.

The state official says that the project is “not just a bridge, but rather a complete mobility plan for Cancun,” which also includes the expansion of Colosio Boulevard to six lanes that will include overpasses.

The city’s mobility plan also includes roadway expansion from the airport from two to four lanes and the extension of Chac Mool Avenue to connect to Colosio Boulevard, which is 12 more kilometers of road.

Alonso Ovando said he was unaware of any protection attempt against the project, but insisted that the environmental studies were presented and are very compatible with the ecosystem.

“There is an affectation in a hectare of vegetation, but it is compensated by other work in the 300 hectares,” he said adding that “the project is very necessary for the mobility of the city.”

He denied that the project touches the Tajamar boardwalk, but starts from the road distributor in Kabah with Colosio.

The construction of the vehicular bridge over the Nichupté lagoon will be a total length of 13.5 kilometers, 8.4 kilometers of which will span over water with the remaining kilometers being built toward the junction with Colosio Boulevard.

Last year, Governor Carlos Joaquín explained that it is a project not only of infrastructure and agility for vehicular traffic, but also of Civil Protection and the hotel zone of Cancun, since it will be an additional entrance and exit to the two that exist.

This would speed up a possible evacuation in the event of a storm or hurricane, which would save many lives and protect visitors, tourists and workers in the Cancun Hotel Zone, he said.

Carlos Joaquín highlighted the importance of the Nichupté Lagoon Bridge in environmental matters, since the project contributes to the conservation, restoration and improvement of the lagoon system, it will reduce the generation of greenhouse gases, supporting mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Its construction has a design and process based on innovative technologies that will guarantee the most minimal ecological footprint, he said.