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.