Cancun, Q.R. — The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) is gearing up to conduct a complete study of all 360 kilometers of the federal highway.
“The study will be conducted so that this never happens again,” said Francisco Elizondo Garrido, director general of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT). However, the agency said that for now, only the affected section be revised.
Since Thursday, more than 20 technical specialists have performed local soil studies in the area. They’re expected to have their independent results reported back within two weeks.
“As far as we can see, this is an area in which circulating underground rivers was the natural cause for the road to sink,” he said.
According to the state government, there is an alternative satellite project for Cancun / Playa del Carmen, which will be presented to the SCT. Francisco Elizondo Garrido says they know about the proposal and the possible project, but will wait for the results of the analysis to determine its feasibility.
The Thursday morning collapse of the federal highway between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen was repaired by Friday afternoon. Crews added two new lanes, one in each direction, while during the night, they continued to build an additional two lanes.
Officials estimated that there were approximately 30,000 drivers affected by the collapse of the highway. Carlos Garcia Miranda, director of Tránsito de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito Municipal (Smspyt) — Ministry of Traffic and Public Security — says on an average day, the federal highway between Cancun and Playa del Carmen sees about 2,000 vehicles per hour.
Of those, approximately 40 percent of traffic are passenger vans, 38 percent private cars and taxis, 20 percent are cargo / dump trucks and 2 percent are motorcycles.