Puerto Vallarta is undergoing major renovations, including a major modernization of the existing Malecon (which is Spanish for ‘breakwater’) and a widening of the five-kilometer stretch of highway that links Puerto Vallarta to Mismaloya. It is hoped that this massive face-lift will not only provide an enchanting setting for October’s Pan American Games, but that it will also enhance the experience of its many tourist visitors. Puerto Vallarta Mayor Gonzalez Resendiz commented that the developments are part of a series of projects whose goal is to create an improved image for the city.
A recent article in Vallarta Opina gives detailed information on the improvements, noting that the Malecon will be both widened and leveled. The current concrete surface will be stripped and replaced with natural stone. Trees will be added for additional shade and existing statues will be repositioned. There are also plans in place to improve lighting and make repairs to the retaining wall within the downtown Puerto Vallarta real estate.
Authorities say that throughout the repairs the downtown area will remain open to traffic, and that there will still be two one-way lanes running all along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s famous boardwalk that runs along the beach for most of the downtown area.
As for the five-kilometer stretch of highway between Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya, hydraulic concrete will be laid and it will also be widened to three lanes. The State Secretary of Urban Development, Sergio Carmona Ruvalcaba, has stated that,“ This is not just the normal work we do each year to fill in potholes; the idea is to modernize (the road).”
The budget for this Puerto Vallarta ‘beauty treatment’ is 50 million pesos. It is supported by the Jalisco government, who wants the resort to look good for the Pan American Games. Among the sports that Puerto Vallarta will be hosting in the games are beach volleyball, sailing, triathlon and open water swimming competitions. The renovations, which began on May 16th, are scheduled to be finished by September 15,2011.