Extension of Libramiento Will Last Four Months
By Jesús Aguado
Daily more than 10,000 vehicles use the libramiento Manuel Zavala Zavala. To avoid vehicular congestion, the road will now be extended to four lanes in the municipal zone that goes from the Bicentennial Bridge to the junction with the road to Dolores, approximately two kilometers.
The investment will be 33 million pesos (18 million from the municipal budget and 15 million from the federation). One of the most important tasks the local administration will have with the extension of this road is that of educating the neighbors to use the bridges since there will be no pedestrian passes or speed bumps.
The speed bumps that were constructed on the libramiento, as well as the pedestrian passes near colonias Olimpo and Alamedas, date from 2011, when the neighbors of colonias Olimpo, Arboledas, Santa Julia, San Felipe, and Villas Carmelitas, among others, blocked the road for a few hours because there were no bridges or pedestrian passes where people could cross the road and go to their work or schools. During the blocking, former mayor Luz María Núñez attended and agreed with the demonstrators as to the construction of speed bumps and pedestrian passes in front of Alamedas and colonia Olimpo, although this was not a municipal, but a federal, road. Later three bridges were erected, yet the speed bumps were not removed. They are currently the causes of vehicular congestion. In addition, people never use the bridges.
The same year, between colonia San Antonio and the facilities of the Red Cross, a child who tried to cross the road was run over. Other speed bumps were constructed there. This construction caused enormous vehicle backup that went from the Red Cross to the El Pípila traffic circle and from the Red Cross to the Bicentennial Bridge.
Later some speed bumps were removed and only a pedestrian pass remained, but it is still the cause of the congestion in that area.
Rodrigo Maldonado, director of the Public Works Department, told Atención that the extension of the libramiento is very necessary and has been requested by Sanmiguelenses. He also remarked that it will help to have less traffic in the area. According to the director, the work will last four months, but crews will be working day and night to finish as soon as possible. He expects to finish the work in August. Maldonado assured that the construction will not interfere with transit in that area because they will not close the road. He emphasized that people will need to learn to use the bridges because there will not be any speed bumps.
Director Maldonado made it clear that the period of this administration (ending on October 9 this year) will not affect the work on the extension to four lanes in the area from Malanquín to the Pípila traffic circle, because part of the road is still a federal zone. However, he noted that they are working to get the necessary permits from the Secretariat of Communication and Transportation to municipalize that area and to leave a project for the next administration (that will start work on October 10), so they can continue the work. “We are also working to get the financial resources for it,” he said.