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Partial highway washout in Tulum after days of wind and waves

Tulum, Q.R. — Civil Protection of Tulum has reported a partial road washout in the coastal area of Boca Paila. The agency says reports a weakened roadway near Punta Piedra was discovered Tuesday due to the high wind and waves.

Personnel from Tulum city council, along with firemen, continue to monitor the area. To maintain traffic flow and avoid accidents, the Directorate of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic says there has been a diversion for traffic with an exit at Kukulcán Avenue.

The diversion came after authorities were forced to close a lane due to the severely weakened road.

Rubén Alvarado, head of inspection of Civil Protection explained that they were made aware of the issue Monday night, but it was not until Tuesday morning that they were able to go out and inspect the roadway.

The compromised lane has been cordoned off.

“For now, only one lane will be used … we will try to ensure that the impact is not more serious,” he said adding that “there is a risk that the road will continue to tear apart because the waves continue to wash away the land.”

Alvarado stressed that what would be conducive would be to reinforce the road at that point with a barrier, either made of bags, cement or some other type of dike, but added that in that area, any work requires an environmental impact study.