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Authorities Should Not Skim on Resources for This Bridge

By Jesús Aguado

In a meeting between the local government and the Architects Association—a San Miguel organization—attendees discussed the idea of what all agreed was a very much-needed overpass or tunnel at the El Pípila traffic circle.

The traffic circle absorbs the most vehicle traffic of anywhere in the city, not just during rush hours but at any time of the day. When an accident happens there—even if it is the most simple of accidents—it often paralyzes the city. In addition, the area approaching the traffic circle has had some of the most dramatic accidents ever recorded in the city’s history, accidents that have brought death to drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Sara Negrete, president of the Architects Association, told Atención that her association had a meeting with then-mayor Ricardo Villarreal back in March, where he explained that a solution to the traffic situation at the circle was needed. The organization then began work on a design for an overpass based on nine columns. They suggested the overpass because an underground stream exists on the site of the roundabout, Negrete said.

But whatever the authorities decide to do there, Negrete made it clear that the government should not skim on resources to solve the problem.

By contrast, Mayor-Elect Luis Alberto Villarreal—who will be sworn in October 10—supported by now-elected governor Diego Sinhue, has proposed a conceptual project to build a tunnel. According to him, the project has already been registered with state and federal authorities—with the help of the local government—in order to apply for government grants next year to help implement it, he said.

“We do not know yet if it should be on the libramiento or on the Celaya-San Miguel road. But we already have talked with representatives from the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation and with professionals. We can make it happen. I have the experience, and the vision, and I have delivered results before. We can face the challenge together,” Villarreal said.

The project—even if it will be done in several stages—must be constructed as soon as possible in order to deliver a completed solution to Sanmiguelenses, he said. “We need from 120 to 140 million pesos, and we will get them.”

Finally, Villarreal promised that the needed solution is part of his proposed “2040 Plan,” an overarching planning document for the city that was part of his mayoral campaign platform. “We have to visualize San Miguel for the next 25 years, and we need to put in order what we have now. We want the city to grow safely and with environmental protections in place. To complete the 2040 Plan, we will ask for help from regional, national and international experts,” he said.

 

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