An improved highway aims to ease traffic along Quintana Roo’s Riviera Maya.
The project! which authorities described as “an absolute necessity,” comes with a price tag of 200 million pesos.
The Riviera Maya highway system is vital to Quintana Roo’s economy as it connects popular resort destinations with Cancún in the north and the state capital, Chetumal, in the south.
Although the existing highway infrastructure in the area is decent, a dramatic increase in traffic over the past decade has necessitated several lane additions and the construction of overpasses.
In addition, concessions have been given out to private companies to create toll highways that act as shortcuts between several tourism attractions.
A recent example of this is the toll highway connecting the Mérida-Cancún highway directly to Playa del Carmen.
The Riviera Maya’s highways are also routinely the scene of grisly accidents, usually caused by an excess of speed and intoxicated drivers.
In recent years the Riviera Maya’s highways have also made headlines for having large sections cave into cenote and sinkholes below.