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Calle 60 new beautification project starts early

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Lockdown-era potted trees are gone and resurfacing has begun on Calle 60. Photo: Ron Allanach

Calle 60’s tourist-zone transformation has begun months ahead of schedule.

Meant to coordinate with the Calle 47 foodie corridor, the project levels out the street, slowing down vehicular traffic in deference to pedestrians.

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Ultimately, the streetscape will serve as a visual link to the main square, or Plaza Grande, and La Plancha, a massive park that could be open to the public by the end of the year. Along the way are Santa Lucia Park, the hotels and shops on Calle 60, Santa Ana’s park and market, the Remate — where musicians and dancers often perform — and some of Mérida’s best restaurants on 47.

The state-run project (Calle 47’s part is run by the city) is timed to be ready for seasonal travelers this fall, including the snowbirds who fly here to escape winter.

Buried power lines and the restoration of dozens of facades will further beautify the 47-60 corridor.

The city is expected to re-route cars, trucks and buses while the project progresses. Calle 60 is a major artery that connects the hotel zone to the city’s top tourist sites.

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