Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After months of legal battles, Fonatur has been able to report forward movement on section 5 south of the Maya Train.
In a press release, the Fondo Nacional de Fomento al Turismo (Fonatur) says in sections 3, 4 and 5 south, unloading and welding of rails, embankment formation, laying of the railway track and preparation of the dirt roads continue.
The government agency says 13 new specialized European machines have been brought in to intensify track installation and progress in improving the Palenque Archaeological Zone, as well as the construction of the elevated viaduct in Tenosique.
In section 1, from Palenque to Escárcega, the construction of the elevated viaduct for the passage of the train in Tenosique, Tabasco is advancing with 80 percent in the foundation and 50 percent in the construction of footings and columns.
At section 2, Escárcega-Calkiní, 13 specialized machines from Poland, Holland and Spain arrived to intensify the installation of the track such as transport, ballast laying and sleeper placement. With 10 ballasts, locomotives and conveyors already in the territory, there are 23 machines to form the track in the northern part of section 2.
In section 3, Calkiní-Izamal, near Chocholá, Yucatán, track work continues with the unloading of rail in groups of 44 pieces for later electric welding. Up to now, rail has been distributed over 18 kilometers, 13 of which have already been welded.
In section 4, Izamal-Cancún, at the height of Nuevo Xcán in Lázaro Cárdenas, Quintana Roo, the formation of the embankment is advancing. Near Ignacio Zaragoza and El Tintal, work is being done on channeling electrical and fiber optic pipes. At the same time, at another end of this section, the laying of the railway continues.
In section 5 south, Playa del Carmen-Tulum, the leveling work is progressing in the section where the road will be extended, as well as the preparation to start the creation of new dirt roads.