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Cancun’s Nichupté bridge project to be recategorized as a public work project with state and federal funding

Cancun, Q.R. — The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur) says the two plots of land deeded to Agepro were donations. The federal agency said that two lots in the urban area of Cancun were donated where access ramps for the Puente Vehicular Nichupté bridge project are expected to be located.

The two plots of land, Lot 2A and Lot 2C with a combined area of 5,219.13 square meters, are located in Cancun’s Supermanzana 10 by Avenida Bonampak and the Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard distributor road.

The project is to consist of an 8.6-kilometer-long bridge or connector from the Cancun Hotel Zone to the mainland with an original estimated cost of 4.6 billion peso.

Given the financial difficulties caused by the elimination of the 2 billion peso announced by the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) and the lack of interest of the private sector, the bridge project will no longer be carried out through a public-private scheme, but rather a project with federal and state resources.

Governor Carlos Joaquín González confirmed that they are working on the change of scheme to be announced within the next state visit of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

He acknowledged that the bridge project was analyzed under the public-private partnership scheme with very broad goals “since, in addition to the lanes for vehicular traffic, it included bicycle lanes and walking paths as well as maintenance schemes for the duration of the concession.”

However, he said they are working on the readjustment of the project to categorize it as a public work project, which would have a lower cost. With the restructuring of the original project, the vehicular bridge would now have a cost of approximately 3.6 billion peso.