This week Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal announced that construction will begin soon on three new projects that aim to improve urban mobility in southern and northern areas of downtown Merida,Mexico. The move comes in response to rapid growth in the amount of traffic in Merida over the last two years.
“The first involves the revitalization of Calle 50 sur,an integral project for the capital,as it will transform the area with the resurfacing of 1.6 kilometers of the two roadways of this avenue,” shared Mayor Vila Dosal. “It also includes the construction of a bicycle path,green areas,installation of street furniture and new pedestrian areas,among other improvements.”
The mayor also revealed that this is the first project of its kind in Merida to take on a comprehensive improvement effort in a space where hundreds of families and expats live and work. The first bike path will reportedly begin in the urban center of southern Merida,Mexico.
“This construction work aims to favor mobility for pedestrians and cyclists in an area that has had significant growth of traffic flow in the last two years,” Mayor Vila Dosal told The Yucatan Times.
Prior to the new projects being announced,a vast amount of work was completed by various government agencies,including Public Works,Social and Urban Development and Implan. This included meetings with local residents,members of civic organizations and even groups of cyclists to ensure the maximum benefit for those living in Merida.
“This project has the consensus of the Municipal Council of Urban Development and features the redistribution of space in favor of pedestrians and non-motorized mobility,the improvement of connectivity so people can have easier and faster access to workplaces,schools,markets and hospitals in the area,with high-quality,efficient and safe infrastructure along the way,” stated Vila Dosal.
The infrastructure improvements will also include the expansion of Komchen’s Calle 22 from six to nine meters wide,along with a new bike path that will stretch from Progreso Highway to Komchen in northern Merida. Finally,new roads will be constructed for the San Ramon Norte neighborhood,which is close to the City Center shopping area.
“These works will be finished in approximately six weeks,in response to the demand of local residents and business owners,” stated the mayor.
In March,BNamericas reported that Mexico’s private sector is set to invest up to $11 billion USD in new infrastructure projects throughout the country. To finance the sector,the government reportedly plans to use the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to finance rail,road and port projects throughout 2016.
Also of note,the US and Mexico opened the West Rail project – the first new rail link connecting the two countries – late last year as part of plans to update infrastructure that carries roughly $600 billion USD each year back and forth across the border in bilateral trade.
“Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented over 20 years ago,trade with Mexico has become one of the biggest trading partners with the United States,” US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker told the New York Post. “We need to have infrastructure that lives up to the economic opportunities that are in front of both of our countries.”
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