Pipila Underpass Start Date Set
By Jesús Aguado
State authorities say construction of a planned Pípila underpass could begin in mid-December.
Guanajuato’s Secretariat of Infrastructure, Connectivity, and Mobility published a request for proposals on the 365-million-peso project, with a listed start date of December 18. The project’s budget will be funded by state payroll taxes.
The underpass, which would divert some of the traffic flowing into the Pipila roundabout from four directions, has been talked about for years. Accidents, both large and small, have plagued the roundabout since it was constructed in 2002, and have often led to giant traffic jams that paralyze traffic.
San Miguel de Allende’s Director of Public Works Antonio Soria said that it has not yet been determined which alternate roads would be open to traffic during construction. Stage Zero of the project would consist of removing the roundabout and installing traffic lights to regulate traffic, he said. There will only be partial road closings during the construction period, he promised.
“The work will have several stages, but there will be no total closure. Rather, some of the lanes will be reconfigured into two-way traffic so that vehicles can [still] circulate,” he said.
In the new thoroughfare, there will be two small islands, one containing the statue in honor of El Pípila and the other containing a sculpture marking the Ruta de la Independencia (Independence Route). The sculpted piece of cantera stone currently sits in the Mega Comercial (La Comer) supermarket parking lot.
Construction is projected to be completed November 11, 2020.