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Construction of the IE-TRAM causes traffic chaos, with 50% of the project completed in Mérida

by Sofia Navarro
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The inconveniences related to mobility during the construction of the IE-TRAM are being felt by both motorists trying to navigate through the bottlenecks caused by this project in the eastern part of the city of Mérida, as well as by local businesses and residents in the area where this important project is being developed, which will bring a significant improvement to the public transportation system in the capital of Yucatán.

The streets and avenues affected by this state government project are eagerly expecting the project to be completed by December of this year.

From the “Manuel Berzunza” Periférico to the intersection of Calle 21 diagonal in the Brisas neighborhood, as well as from the Brisas section to the El Fenix residential area right next to the Lic. Ignacio García Téllez Hospital and the IMSS T-1, police officers have been overwhelmed by the large number of vehicles that, for various reasons, have to pass through this area.

The construction work has led to the closure of certain roads and the removal of U-turns, causing traffic congestion during peak hours, with motorists sometimes waiting up to 30 minutes to get out of the traffic in this area.

Residents and business owners explained that while the project will benefit public transportation users, it has also caused disruptions, as sidewalk repairs and constructions are being carried out on both sides of the road where the electric buses will operate.

Regarding the unfinished sections, some solar-powered LED lights have been installed, while others remain lying on the ground. The situation worsens afternoon, as there is a lack of trees to provide shade for the workers in what used to be a median strip.

In that area, only a few trees remain standing, as the Ministry of Sustainable Development has stated that they will be relocated to another site, which has not been publicly disclosed. In the meantime, the concrete slab creates challenges for anyone attempting to walk in that area.

It should be noted that in some areas, the concrete has completely dried, and alternate tasks are being carried out alongside the pouring of concrete, such as the installation of streetlight poles, the construction of drainage systems, and the placement of planters.

The Secretary of Public Works of the Yucatán government, Aref Karam Espositos, acknowledged that any project of this magnitude is likely to cause dissatisfaction among a sector of the population, but the benefits will outweigh the temporary inconveniences during its construction.

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