The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources approves the construction of a new bridge in Cancun

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

A bridge that will connect the Cancun Hotel Zone.

After so many years of research and petitions, the National Trust Fund for Tourism Development (Fonatur) has received the approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), in order to begin with the construction of a new bridge that will connect Cancun’s Hotel Zone with the city.

This new bridge will be 1.2 km long, and will go from Kilometer 7 to 9 of the Cancun Hotel Zone. It will hang from 28 pillars over the Nichupte Lagoon system. The new bridge will have 4 lanes and 2 emergency lanes to improve the vehicular flow of the Kukulcan Boulevard.

According to the Environmental Impact Statement made by Fonatur, the construction of the bridge will not have considerable negative consequences for the lagoon and its species; in fact there is a plan to rescue and relocate wildlife.

Nichupte Lagoon cancun

Fonatur also said that they’ll construct 13 artificial islets of mangrove, to improve the water condition of the Nichupte Lagoon, an action to compensate to the impact on nature.

With the approval from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the request for bids will officially be launched by next month. So far two companies have shown interest on this project, they are: the Mexican construction company ICA (Civil Engineer Association) and the Spanish firm OHL (Obrascon Huarte Lain).

The National Infrastructure Plan (PNI), made by the Federal Government, has estimated a total budget of $54,622 USD for the construction of the new bridge.

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