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State starts Punta al Mar road project for Felipe Carrillo Puerto beach access

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — A new road that will run directly from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to the beach has been started. On Tuesday, Governor Mara Lezama waved the starting flag for the Punta al Mar project that will finally allow residents direct sea access.

The road is being cut through jungle which will run from Felipe Carrillo Puerto to the once small seaside village of Vigía Chico. Once complete, the 55 kilometer long road will connect the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo with the beach.

“The Puerta al Mar project will connect the Mayan area with the sea, a vintage desire of the citizens of this municipality,” Governor Lezama said.

Mayor Mary Carmen Hernández, Governor Mara Lezama, the Secretary of Public Works, Irazú Sarabia and the head of AGEPRO, José Alberto Alonso Ovando were part of the flag waving ceremony. Photo: CGC August 29, 2023.

The construction of the road is under the charge of Ministry of National Defense (Sedena). During the ceremony, Captain Baruch Hernández Chavarría, who is heading the project, explained that the road will be seven meters wide to accommodate two lanes, and a total of 55 kilometers long. Only the first 22 kilometers, however, will be paved.

Paving will stop once the road reaches the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. He said following state environmental laws, the remaining 33 kilometers will be dirt. A project cost or expected completion date was not provided during the ceremony.