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Cancun distributor road to close during Nichupté bridge connection work

Cancun, Q. R. — Cancun road distributor traffic will be affected Monday due to work on the Nichupté bridge. On April 15, the road distributor, which transports more than 70,000 vehicles a day, will be closed, the SICT has reported.

The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced that starting Monday the 15th, the road distributor will be closed while workers join the roundabout of the Old Airport Tower with the mangrove area as part of the construction of the Nichupté Bridge.

The project includes two junctions, the first located to the west or Urban Zone and that connects with the Kabah road distributor where Bonampak, Rodrigo Gómez (Kabah) Avenues and Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard converge.

The second junction is located to the east or Hotel Zone and connects with Kukulcán Boulevard at around kilometer 13.

During the closure, traffic will be diverted along Kabah Avenue for those going from Cancun to the airport. In the opposite direction from the airport to the city, traffic will be diverted under the bridge over 16 de Abril Avenue to rejoin the Colosio roundabout and Bonampak Avenue.

The agency has not said how long the construction of the section will take to complete.

What has been announced is that the project as a whole is more than 40 percent advanced.

Construction company Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) reports that despite some delays, they have begun the placement of the slab in an initial section of the bridge.

“The first slab casting of the lagoon area was completed between supports 61 and 62.5, and these are the first two supports that enter the lagoon on the Tajamar side,” Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA) reported in a social media update.

It is not known how long the connection project will take and when the Cancun road distributor will be reopened to traffic. However, the bridge project as a whole is expected to be complete before the end of the year.

Bridge construction began in the second half of 2022 and was initially set for operation in April of 2024, however, delays have set that operational date to August of 2024. The finished bridge will offer an 8.8 kilometer short cut overpass to connect the Cancun Hotel Zone with the mainland.