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Jaguar National Park bridge at Tulum installed after federal highway closures

Tulum, Q.R. — Work to install the Jaguar National Park bridge over the Federal 307 highway is finished. Federal highway motorists were restricted during the nights of November 25 to 27 while workers assembled the metal bridge in 11-hour shifts.

The Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu) bridge project now connects the archaeological zone of Tulum and the Maya Train. During those same nights, the Maya Train bridge was also finished.

An earlier photo of the start of the construction of the metal Jaguar National Park bridge. Photo: Sedatu

The concrete Maya Train bridge, which was constructed between sections 5 and 6 over the Tulum-Coba highway, will be used to serve train passengers.

Workers have assembled the metal Jaguar Park bridge that now connects the archaeological zone with the Maya Train.
Photo: November 27, 2023.

According to information from the Ministry of Development Agrarian, Territorial and Urban (Sedatu), the entire Parque Nacional del Jaguar is expected to be finished within the first two months of 2024.

The finished Jaguar Park project will include six public beach access points and the incorporation of the old Tulum airfield of 300 hectares, which will be reforested.

The concrete Maya Train bridge between sections 5 and 6 over the federal highway is also now installed.
Photo: November 27, 2023.

The completed project will include nearly 1,000 hectares of protected land and is a project headed by the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu) and supported by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) of the Government of Mexico at a cost of around 1 billion pesos.

“The aim is to stop excessive urban growth, particularly in the city of Tulum and other surrounding areas, and to preserve the environment. Sedatu and Semarnat collaborate to turn the park into a space for healthy coexistence with the environment and an international reference for the conservation of ecological heritage,” explained Román Meyer Falcón, the head of Sedatu.

In October, a front section of the park’s structure caught fire.
Photo: October 19, 2023.

In October, a section of the under-construction Jaguar Park caught fire. National Guard evacuated the area while Tulum firemen worked to put out the fire that had spread to include both sides of the structure. Construction workers were working on the project at the time of the fire.