Planters separating Mérida’s new bicycle lanes from the road were built 20 centimeters or almost eight inches too wide, according to city workers.
In an embarrassing turn of events, project engineers apparently made a miscalculation which is now forcing construction crews to tear down and rebuild the affected section.
“Hey, it’s better for us this way … more paid days of work!” a jovial construction worker told Por Esto.
Correcting the problem is especially important since many drivers have complained that the new lanes are already too narrow.
The new bike paths have received mixed reviews from drivers.
Recently, a woman was taped speaking rudely to a police officer and insisting that she has “the right to park on Paseo de Montejo.” This despite the fact that she was blocking bicycle traffic. The video has made the rounds thanks to social media users who have nicknamed the woman #ladyciclovia.
The bicycle lane project is expected to be completed in March and span 71.7 kilometers throughout the city.