Mérida, Yucatán — The federal government completed the construction of two interchanges on the Periférico, the city’s beltway, announced the country’s transport ministry.
The works required 230 million pesos ($10.8M USD) in federal fund investments, which officials say will benefit over 600,000 people.
Construction of the two interchanges, which have a combined extension of 50 km, was one the projects included in the current administration’s 2014-18 infrastructure program.
The six-lane Calle 39 elevated interchange was built by local companies Mool, Maquinaria Kambul and Desarrolladora Ricsa, while the Tixkokob interchanges was built as a two-lane underpass by local firms Nómada Constructor and Barco Construcciones.
According to the transport ministry, the interchanges will help reduce traffic and ease transport time and congestion on the Periférico, which is used by over 60,000 vehicles a day.
Federal authorities announced that they are currently working on the completion of the Mérida-Chetumal highway extension project and the widening of the Peto-Valladolid highway.
Another infrastructure project to be carried out in Yucatán state as part of the PNI is the 190 million-peso modernization project of the Puerto Progreso interchange, which is set to be completed this year, according to local press reports.
Last year, Mérida saw the start of construction of the first hospital in the country to be built under a public-private partnership model. The 600 million-peso hospital is being built on a 24,000-square-meter site in the western part of the city, and after its completion, it will serve around 180,000 public employees affiliated with Mexico’s social security service for state workers
Sources: Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, ISSSTE