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Tulum mayor still talking bypass road in 34 approved projects

Tulum, Q.R. — Tulum City Council has approved the 2024 Annual Operational Program (POA) that will include 34 projects. One of those projects is the construction of a bypass due to the municipality’s latest infrastructure.

Tulum Mayor Diego Castañon says they are still working with the state and federal governments on a mobility project for the construction of a bypass. He says due to new projects such as the Tulum Airport, Tren Maya and Jaguar Park, town traffic has increased considerably.

He says the heavy traffic has made clear the need to create a bypass which would not only reduce travel time to these destinations, but also help avoid traffic jams.

“We are talking with the developers. We are in talks for a bypass, a bypass is what is needed in Tulum for mobility and good traffic.

“We are in talks with the governor and the federation,” he said regarding the topic that first came to light in September of 2023.

At the time, state government officials met to plan a road bypass for Tulum to avoid anticipated road congestion once the airport and Maya Train were complete.

Governor Mara Lezama met with Rogelio Jiménez Pons, the Undersecretary of Transportation of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) last year to analyze the project.

She explained that after the launch of the Maya Train and the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport, Tulum could have a bypass that would serve as a complementary project to the other federal mega-projects.

Tulum City Council approved the 34 project POA package February 6. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Tulum

In January of this year, Castañón said City Council was still considering bypass plans for an airport road so Tulum Airport traffic does not go through the town.

The proposed bypass would be focused on somehow linking motorists through a road to the International Airport with the Maya Train and the Jaguar Park, projects, he says, are attracting a lot of visitors.

Other projects on the 2024 municipal POA include the creation of several public parks, the rehabilitation and remodeling of numerous roads, the addition of sanitary drainage, the second stage creation of a municipal cemetery and the construction of the Tulum Command, Control, Communication and Computing Center, with bipartite investment.

Tulum Mayor Diego Castañon says a bypass for the municipality is still on the table. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Tulum

The projects would be built with Tulum’s own resources as well as resources from the Contribution Fund for the Strengthening of Municipalities and Territorial Demarcations of the Federal District (FORTAMUN-DF).