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A new bridge crosses the Gulf of Mexico, connecting Ciudad del Carmen with Isla Aguada. Photo: Courtesy

Puente de la Unidad in Campeche, the second longest in Mexico and the fifth in Latin America, was inaugurated Monday by federal and state authorities.

“It is a strategic work that causes a significant qualitative change, not only for the benefit of the state, but thousands of travelers who travel to the Yucatan Peninsula,” said Javier Jiménez Espriú, secretary of communications and transportation.

The 1.5-billion-peso project is just the beginning for Campeche’s infrastructure. Jiménez Espriú, on behalf of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that 460 million pesos will be allocated to Campeche for toll-free roads, feeders and rural roads, and another for modernization and road construction.

He stressed that Campeche is at the center of another federal priority, the Mayan Train, which he said will boost the economic, tourist and cultural development of the region.

Connecting Isla Aguada with Isla del Carmen, the Unity Bridge is 3.2 kilometers / nearly 2 miles long, a crown width of 14 meters / 50 feet and reaches 17 meters / 55.8 feet in height. As many as 5,000 vehicles could cross the bride daily.

It replaces the former Unity Bridge, which served its purpose for 37 years. The new bridge has a guaranteed life span of 50 years.

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