New pedestrian bridge to be installed on Salida a Querétaro
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
After 11 months of renovation a new bridge that connects Plaza La Luciérnaga with Plaza Real del Conde will be reinstalled.
Since 2010 users of the pedestrian bridge had complained about the shakiness of the structure; nevertheless, the Civil Protection Department of the local administration at that time explained that the movement was normal. It was not until January 2013 that the Civil Protection Department closed the bridge because it represented a danger for users. The bridge is used most heavily on Tuesdays, when the tianguis takes place. One hundred meters from the market the local administration designed a pedestrian overpass, always watched over by a transit officer.
The metallic structure was closed for almost one year, and finally, on December 7 of last year, it was removed by employees from the company that owns the concession, granted by the local administration in early 2000.
On January 6 of this year the local administration stated that the construction of the new bridge had begun and would last three weeks (to be finished by January 20). They also highlighted that the bridge would have a new design in accordance with the colonial image of the city. The new bridge will have a framework of metal covered with walls of stones, and the stairs will be concrete.
The investment will be two million pesos. Construction will take place in the nighttime when traffic is low. With this change of image, explained the local government, the company will meet local regulations governing the urban image and at the same time will provide security to the pedestrians who cross Boulevard de la Conspiración in that area.