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Construction for Maya Train overpass along Merida-Cancun highway begins

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Construction for an overpass along a section of the Mérida-Cancún highway has begun. Fonatur has also reported drilling in section 4 has started for the installation of 12,000 electric poles that will power the trains.

The agency says advancements on the Maya Train crossing over the Usumacinta River and the new Boca de Cerro bridge in Tenosique, Tabasco are also moving forward.

Along the Palenque-Escárcega section 1, the Maya Train advances with the erection of the new 160-meter long Boca del Cerro bridge. Similarly, in Candelaria, Campeche, work continues on the assembly and casting of footings and heads for the elevated viaduct that the train will run through. This viaduct will be the second longest of section 1 with a length of 1,300 meters.

Construction for Maya Train overpass along Merida-Cancun highway begins
Advancements made on 160 meter long Boca del Cerro bridge on section 1. Photo: Fonatur

In section 2, Escárcega-Calkiní, the assembly of the railway is progressing with specialized machinery from Europe. In the municipality of Hecelchakán, Campeche, work is being done on the perforations for registers that will serve for telecommunications during the train’s routes.

At the same time in section 3, Calkiní-Izamal, near the town of Teya, Yucatán, began the construction of the vehicular bridge over the Mérida-Cancún highway.

At the height of the municipalities of Mérida and Tixpehual, also in Yucatán, the laying of the first layer of ballast continues on the track platform for the subsequent placement of sleepers.

Drilling for 12,000 electric poles has begun on section 4. Photo: Fonatur

Regarding section 4, Izamal-Cancún, drilling is progressing for the installation of 12,000 poles that will supply electricity to the trains that will travel from Mérida to Cancún. The perforations are 90 centimeters in diameter and are carried out at intervals of 60 meters.

Progress is also being made at the plant in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo, where the production of primary parts progresses and the installation of the assembly line begins, in which the larger parts will be integrated to form the wagons.