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Fonatur announces start of Maya Train construction for Cancun to Playa del Carmen

Cancun, Q.R. — Authorities have announced that starting October, work on the northern section of the Maya Train will begin. The head of the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), Rogelio Jiménez Pons says that in October, highway work for the Cancun to Playa del Carmen section of the train will start, but after an alternate road has been constructed.

Initially, work will include the construction of an alternate road for traffic and overpass bridges for the train. He also said that they anticipate all sinkhole issues will be resolved by November.

“The type of soil of the Yucatan Peninsula will be one of the great challenges for the Maya Train which is why there are experts and the advice of the Institute of Geophysics, so that any situation that arises is addressed correctly,” he explained.

During his Radio Fórmula interview, he said there are advanced and precise technologies to work with and through the fiber optic pipelines, a system will be used to permanently monitor the subsoil that covers the Maya Train route.

“Anticipating the antecedent of line 12 of the (Mexico City) subway, it is necessary to go further in security. We cannot expose the population to a service that has potential failures,” he said.

Jiménez Pons added that in November, they will begin to install the nine-meter columns that will be used to support the overpass of the Maya Train. The columns will be placed every 35 to 50 meters, depending on the outcome of geological studies.

He added that in about three weeks, the alternate road will be ready for use, which will help streamline vehicular traffic while the project moves forward.