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Cancun, Playa del Carmen highway expansion will use shadow toll

Cancun, Q.R. — The expansion of the current Cancun-Playa del Carmen highway to six lanes will be done with private funding and through a system called shadow toll.

According to Eduardo Ortiz Jasso, director of the Agency for Strategic Projects (Agepro), the expansion of the Cancun-Playa del Carmen highway to six lanes will be carried out with private capital in a scheme called shadow toll.

The agreement was signed between Agepro and National Bank of Works and Services (Banobras), who explained that shadow toll is a contractual payment made by the government per driver using a highway a private company operates with private funding.

Payments are based in part, on the number of vehicles using a section of road, often over a 20 to 30-year period. The shadow tolls or per vehicle fees are paid directly to the company without intervention or direct payment from the users.

Ortiz Jasso explained that the shadow toll system is from England, but is currently in operation on the Irapuato-La Piedad highway in Mexico. Agepro is already working on the analysis of 26 projects for the state, which will be prioritized in March.