Sidewalks in Mazatlán’s El Centro district present a serious and dangerous problem for pedestrians.
During a walkabout in El Centro, media reported today detecting at least 20 risk areas for pedestrians, particularly the elderly and handicapped.
One is located on the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral on Calle Benito Juárez. A portion of the tile and cement have broken away leaving a sidewalk “pothole” where unsuspecting tourists admiring the Cathedral´s architecture have tripped or fallen.
Handicap ramps on the corners of Calles José María Canizález and Benito Júarez, and Benito Juárez and Melchor Ocampo are unpainted, blocked by transformer boxes or surrounded by deep potholes in the roads often full of water from employees washing sidewalks in front of their shops.
At Melchor Ocampo and Aquiles Serdán, theft of small copper lids over water meters in the middle of the sidewalk has left eight holes in the pathway.
Said an employee of a nearby business, once a day at least one child or adult falls having tripped in the holes.
And at Teniente Azueta at the corner of Melchor Ocampo, 20 meters of the elevated sidewalk have fallen off and has become a trap for pedestrians who either are distracted or visually impaired and where, said resident Tania Ortega, she has seen many people fall.