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A modern road will replace a rudimentary path that connects Chuburná Puerto to inland communities. Photo: Megamedia

Several localities will be less isolated with a new road project that began Monday.

Road improvements between the Science and Technology Park at Sierra Papacal and Chuburná Puerto will benefit 3,000 Yucatecans living in the area, bringing a range of opportunities for the tourism sector, commercial activities, fishing, education and research, state officials said.

Modernization and reconstruction of the road, which began Monday, are part of a package of nine projects for the final stretch of the current state government administration.

Other projects announced include the construction of the new psychiatric hospital, the creation of the Police Training Institute and the National School of Higher Education of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the updating of the Enciclopedia Yucatanense, an official history dating to the 1940s.

Also underway: the modernization of the old railway station to expand the Higher School of Arts (ESAY) and turn it into the University of the Arts of Yucatán; the liberation of the rail yards to create a “central park” at La Plancha; the rescue of the archaeological zone Kulubá and the Palacio de la Música project in the Centro.

The construction and renovation of the connection between Sierra Papacal and Chuburná Puerto was long awaited by inhabitants of Mérida and Progreso who rely on modern infrastructure to reach other communities quickly and safely, according to Diario de Yucatán.

The new road will also be interesting to tour operators, including those who serve cruise ship passengers on excursions.

The state has budgeted 50 million pesos on the project, which is scheduled to conclude in five months.

On the new road, the local president of the Mexican Chamber of Construction Industry (CMIC), Luis Eduardo Castillo Campos, said the work is part of the comprehensive planning executed by the state government to continue promoting the state.

“The important thing is that this administration is busy with the development in all sectors and this road joins populations that had been isolated as Komchén, Sierra Papacal, Chuburna and Caucel,” he said.

The joint project between state and federal authorities, through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), reportedly respects mangroves and swamps, the natural habitat of various species.

Of the nearly 14 kilometers that make up the road, half will remain relatively narrow to protect mangrove.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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