If you follow Countdown to Mexico on Facebook you have seen some of what has been going on around town. Jumapam has been replacing many old and decayed water pipes in Centro and Paul and I are among those who have endured weeks of dirt and dust while the replacements were underway. Our block is finally done but the project continues all around Centro. My guess is it takes about three weeks in each area.
But in addition to the water pipe replacement there is also a huge project in Centro replacing many road surfaces with stone pavers. Along with the paver installation, many streets are losing parking spaces in favor of wider sidewalks. There is a lot of grumbling as people try to understand the City’s plan. Hopefully there is a plan for additional parking somewhere!
You may have heard that Mazatlan was awarded the huge Mexico Tourism Trade Fair next year called Tianguis Turistico. This takes place each year (usually in Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta) so it is understandable that the city wants to put its best foot forward. There is a huge push to clean the city and many of these kind of public works projects are part of the push to present a better Mazatlán. The project where thousands of palms were installed on the malecón has continued into the golden zone, giving the golden zone the same kind of dirt and dust we’ve been experiencing here in Centro. The palms are really beautiful, I love the change they make.
But it has now gotten pretty much insane here in Centro. Belisario Dominguez is closed at Angel Flores. Niños Heroes is closed from Angel Flores to Sixto Osuna. Mariano Escobedo is closed between Niños Heroes to the malecón and also over by Heriberto Frias. Benito Juarez is getting pavers, too… at least in the couple blocks by Constitución. Angel Flores by the hospital is closed entirely. And last but not least the malecón is closed from the Hotel Freeman to Constitución. It is crazy to drive, and even walking is insane, as you need to walk through piles of dirt and sand and dodge giant beeping equipment.
Unbelievably, the construction crews are efficient and pleasant and the work is proceeding about as fast as it can. At the top of this post is a picture of Belisario Dominguez at Angel Flores and you can see the first few rows of pavers are installed. By the way, the new Inn at Centro Historico is coming along beautifully – we saw them stocking the bar in the restaurant so it won’t be long.
The weather here in Mazatlán is still lovely and we are enjoying watching the transformation of the city take place. I’m all for making it prettier with better drainage so I just need to be patient I guess! More pictures follow.