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Will Ancha Stay Wide?

By Jesús Aguado

The project to remove a lane from Ancha de San Antonio has changed. Now the cabling will be underground.

Since August of last year, it was said that the sidewalk of Ancha de San Antonio would be widened and that a lane would be gone. The work was projected to start on Monday, January 9. Neighbors who opposed the project, along with some activists, are now deciding what they want for the street.

Under the former project, the sidewalks in some areas were to be widened to six meters. The idea, said the local administration, has totally changed. Several plans, to which Atención had access, were presented to the neighbors. The neighbors stated that the plans did not have useful information like how many cars transit through the street daily, safety figures, and other information.

Although the Secretary of the City Council had said that the project had changed, the Traffic Department held a simulation on how the street would be if the sidewalk were widened. The residents of the street said that the result was chaos. The local administration did not provide information of the simulation results.

Atención had an interview with Gonzalo González, Secretary of the City Council. He said that the project has changed because they are taking the neighbor’s opinions into account. He assured that the lane will not disappear. He said that what they are going to perform are works to improve the streets, and that the sidewalk will be widened just in certain areas, but not as originally planned, “just a couple of centimeters.” Always respecting the State Law of Mobility, trashcans will also be placed, and the cabling will go underground. The decision will be made with the neighbors.

On Sunday, January 15, the neighbors of the street held a meeting at the Instituto Allende. They decided they will ask for an executive project from the administration, and if it does not exist, the works will not start.

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