Mexico commissions 8km bridge over Cancún lagoon

A Nasa satellite image of Cancún showing the hotel zone on the island in the top right of the picture (Public domain)
The government of Mexico has announced a winner in the tender to build an 8km two-lane road bridge over a lagoon near the resort city of Cancún, The Cancun Sun reports.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that the Nichupté bridge would be built by Mexican contractor ICA (Constructora de Infraestructura).

The bridge will cross the Nichupté lagoon to connect Cancún’s hotel zone with the city centre. As well as the two-lane roadway, it will carry separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians.

The project was originally to be procured as a public–private partnership, and the bridge was to be tolled. However, the project attracted little interest from the private sector, and it will now be paid for out of state funds and will be free to use.

The contract was awarded by the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SICT) and signed on 29 June. Work is to begin immediately.

The construction schedule is expected to last 550 days, with completion due toward the end of 2023.

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