Double Deck Confirmed For Zaragoza HighwayThu, 12/10/2020 - 17:56
CDMX’s Zaragoza Highway, also known as Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza, has been officially chosen by the city’s government as the location for a double deck highway which will extend for 12.7km of the roadway’s length, reported Contra Réplica. This confirms plans announced by CDMX Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum back in September. The double deck will cross three of the city’s municipalities: Venustiano Carranza, Iztapalapa and Iztacalco. The Zaragoza highway plays an important role in the city’s connectivity to the State of Mexico, as well as to the states of Puebla, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca and Veracruz. The total cost of this project is approximately US$400 million and it is expected to receive partial federal funding as part of the administration’s efforts to increase connectivity to the new Felipe Ángeles airport in Santa Lucia.
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Militarization of Ports Goes One Step Further
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appointed Ana Laura López Bautista as the new General Coordinator of Ports and Merchant Marine. This designation is the latest in a series of decisions that have reshaped the institutional design of Mexico’s ports and their hierarchies. This decision has given the armed forces a tighter grip on the nation’s ports. López Bautista’s designation comes with a complete administrative overhaul regarding the relationship between port infrastructure and the federal government. The administrative, financial and material resources that SCT had access to when it came to overseeing the operation of ports, merchant marine and APIs will now be transferred to SEMAR. The transition is expected to take six months.
Medical infrastructure to Be Expanded: AMLO
President López Obrador noted that COVID-19 cases have been on the rise and considers December a risky month in terms of controlling the pandemic, due to the holidays. "We cannot be confident and think that the pandemic will no longer affect us and continue life as if the pandemic did not exist." López Obrador explained that the move is a preventive measure and does not mean that hospitals will be saturated. Today, Mexico has a 69 percent hospitalization rate and is looking to reduce saturation.
Mayan Train Suspended Again
A first circuit judge based in Campeche has shut down construction of the Mayan Train’s second segment. The suspension applies to the entirety of this second segment, which runs for 222km starting in the southern city of Escarcega to Calkini. Groups demanding the suspension are arguing that the deforestation and aquifer contamination the project is expected to cause violates their human rights. President López Obrador said he was unaware of the details of the suspension but that he expected it to be part of a political campaign against his administration.
Transisthmic Train Delayed Nine Months
Completion of the Transisthmic train will be delayed by eight or nine months according to José Sánchez Pérez, Director of the project. Railway rehabilitation, modernization and construction work is considered to be the most important part of the Transisthmic Corridor project with a budget of more than US$117 million. While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the construction and development process is the main culprit for the delay, it is not the only one. There have also been environmental and social issues impeding its progress as well.