First there was the underpass at “Burger King Circle,” and now I read that a pedestrian tunnel at the Gran Plaza, a safety measure along Calle 60, is in the works. Something is lost in the translation of this article, and my Spanish isn’t good enough to overcome this problem, but there is some mention of motion sensors and a railroad track. Maybe one of my friends with a stronger grasp of Spanish can help.
The idea is to protect walkers from the busy traffic. I have to admit, the congestion in that area has kept me from ever feeling completely comfortable at the main square. It’s just too chaotic. Trying to find sandals for my mother-in-law in those shops south of the square just filled me with dread.
It’s a little strange, though. Considering how hard it is to get a pool dug around here, it’s surprising that Mérida is so inclined to build down, and not up. But if it protects the streetscape, I’m all for this approach, even if I’m a little bewildered.