AMLO Presents Infrastructure Package for Quintana RooBy María José Goytia | Wed, 02/02/2022 - 12:46
President Andres Manuel López Obrador announced the Infrastructure Works Program for the Strengthening of Cancun and Tulum, representing a public investment of MX$10 billion (US$484 million). The announcement occurred during the president’s tour to the southeast region of the country to supervise construction developments pertaining to the Mayan Train.
The program includes mobility infrastructure in both cities to enhance tourism, considered the primary economic activity in the Riviera Maya. For the city of Cancun, the government will finance the Nichupté Vehicular Bridge aimed to provide new alternative access to Cancun’s hotel zone through the Nichupté lagoon. The bridge will have three 3.5-meter lanes, one in each direction, plus a third reversible lane and two access junctions, representing a MX$4.87 billion (US$236 million) investment. In addition, 11 km of the Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard will be amplified, with a public expenditure of MX$900 million (US$43.6 million).
Projects in Cancun include the modernization of its International Airport junction to make highway 307 more efficient, with an approximate investment of MX$200 million (US$9.69 million) and the construction of the new Avenue Chac Mool that will connect at the north point of the airport, with an investment of MX$150 million (US$7.27 million).
Regarding projects in Tulum, the president and Quintana Roo´s governor Carlos Joaquín González, announced the Jaguar National Park project, which seeks to stop the excessive urban growth in the Tulum’s region and its surrounding areas while preserving the area´s flora and fauna. An investment of MX$3.87 billion (US$187 million) has been allocated to this project. The project aims to create a 260,000 hectares nature reserve running from Tulum to the Yucatan´s border.
The president also announced the acquisition of 1,200 hectares for the construction of the Tulum airport, which will be inaugurated in December 2023 together with the Mayan Train. The airport will be built by military engineers, who will start construction after concluding the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) in late March.