New toll road brings Caribbean closer

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A new stretch of highway brings the Riviera closer to Yucatan. Photo: Caribe Maya Marketing
A new stretch of highway brings the Riviera closer to Yucatan. Photo: Caribe Maya Marketing

With the recent opening of a new stretch of highway, drivers can travel from Mérida to Playa del Carmen in two hours and 50 minutes, paying $319 pesos in tolls. Diario de Yucatán now questions if the transpeninsular train is even worth the investment.

These new branches of the Mérida-Cancún highway have a total crown width of 12 meters, with two asphalt lanes of 3.5 meters each and 2.5-meter-wide shoulders, according to a report from the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.

How the new alternative for reaching the Caribbean breaks down:

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Part of trip,Toll,Distance,Speed Limit,Travel Time

Mérida-Kantunil, free, 65 km, 90 km/hour, 43 mins

Kantunil-El Tintal, $319 pesos, 192 km, 110 km/hour, 1 hour 45 mins

El Tintal-Playa, $75 pesos, 44 km, 110 km/hour, 24 minutes
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The route via Tulum is longer and more time consuming, though less expensive, because it’s mostly freeway. Total distance is 326 miles; average speed 90 km/hour and travel time is three hours, 40 minutes.

The road connection also facilitates fuel savings and the delivery of goods between the Riviera and the state Capital.

Source:Diario de Yucatán

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