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Heavy lifting for the Cancun-Playa del Carmen section of Maya Train will begin in the new year

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Although some road work in preparation for the Maya Train has begun, Fonatur says that it will be at the beginning of the new year when the heavy lifting will start.

Fonatur’s head Rogelio Jiménez Pons says that at the beginning of 2022, major work along the Cancun to Tulum highway will begin. At the start of the new year, the section of highway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen will initially see the most work, which will begin with the strengthening of the electrical system and the constriction of viaducts.

He says for those concerned about tourists and highway access, there will always be four lanes available.“Given the magnitude of the work, logically there will be effects, but we are going to ensure that they are minimal with two lanes on both sides, which will allow a continuous flow of vehicles, but not at a high speed,” he explained during a Radio Fórmula interview.

The Cancun-Playa del Carmen section will see major work start during January and February. However, from now until the end of the year, the creation of alternate routes and the paving of those roads will continue, in addition to other provisional tasks, he said.

During the first two months of 2022, the construction of a viaduct between Cancun and Playa del Carmen will start and likely take two years to complete. The assembly of footings, columns and beams, which “are gigantic pieces, will be made during the nights,” he noted.

The electricity supply for Quintana Roo will be strengthened through the implementation of solar farms, he said, which will be installed in various parts of the state taking into account that some 700 kilometers of the Cancun-Chetumal section of the Maya Train will use that energy.

Fonatur has recently made a funding request for the construction of an interconnecting transfer centre in Cancun, which, once complete, will connect the Cancun International Airport with the Maya Train and the city’s local transportation system.