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Discovery of underwater cave reason for Nichupté bridge construction delays

Cancun, Q.R. — The discovery of an underwater cave is being blamed on the construction delay of the Nichupté vehicular bridge. On Monday morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador briefly broached the topic of the bridge being behind schedule.

During his morning press conference, he mentioned that the bridge is behind schedule due to the finding of an underwater cave that required project construction adjustments.

According to López Obrador, the newly discovered underwater system has a depth of between 80 and 100 meters which forced modifications.

“Special work is being done to protect the mangroves there. That is why it is slow, but we are moving forward and we also found a very large cave in the lagoon with a depth of about 80 or 100 meters, so the project there had to be modified, but we are going to finish it,” he told the press Monday.

López Obrador said that his work schedule will see him in Quintana Roo this weekend for another supervision tour of his ongoing infrastructure projects, one of which will be the Nichupté bridge.

López Obrador says the discovery of a deep underwater cave is causing bridge construction delays. Photo: AMLO April 22, 2024.

He did not hint at a possible completion date, however, according to construction company Ingenieros Civiles Asociados (ICA), the company building the overpass system, the bridge is around 40 percent advanced and is scheduled to be operational in August of this year.