A new look for some traffic circles
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
Since October 10, when Mauricio Trejo started his administration as mayor of San Miguel de Allende, public works in different places have begun, such as at the Jardín Principal, façades in the historic center and also in the glorietas (traffic circles). On the subject of the glorietas, Edgar Bautista, director of Desarrollo Urbano (Urban Development Department), commented that through this work they are trying to offer visitors a fresher and more friendly welcome as well as different and better spaces for sanmiguelenses.
Bautista said that the traffic circle El Pípila had not been well kept up and even the statue of the hero of Mexican independence had not been maintained since it was placed there by the 2000–2003 administration. “The sculpture of El Pípila was cleaned, and currently its features can be seen from far away and will remain clean for a longer time,” he said. Bautista also said that the changes are being made to give the hero the due that he deserves, and also because of problems owing to poor construction. He said the column will be covered with stones, a visual analogy to the Alhóndiga de Granaditas, the granary in Guanajuato that was the site of El Pípila’s heroic act. “The construction will allow us to see how the Pípila statue emerges. El Pípila will appear to be walking up the staircase. The construction also will include a waterfall, and with the sound of water the noise of traffic will be diminished and it will create a more pleasing sensation.” The work could be finished by the end of this month.
At the Glorieta de Allende, on Boulevard de la Conspiración, the column supporting the equestrian statue will be covered with stones to diminish the impact of the buildings surrounding this statue that, according to Bautista, is in the middle of nowhere. This new glorieta will also include a water feature.
The traffic circle will have spaces for seasonal gardens with irrigation systems that use recycled rain water. He said the costs for maintaining them will be very low because the plants will be grown at the municipal nursery.
The director also said that the works are being financed by the private sector and they do not know yet whether they will charge the municipality, but the local administration continues to supervise the work. The cost for improving these traffic circle ranges between three and four million pesos, similar to the investment by the 2009–2012 administration in the statue of Allende placed in the Glorieta de los Conspiradores.