Cancun, Q.R. – The main Federal Highway that runs between Cancun and Tulum has been restored and reopened to traffic.
Authorities worked feverishly around the clock to repair and reopen the main Riviera Maya highway that collapsed the day before, leading south out of Cancun to the towns of Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
Around 2:00 p.m. Friday, the highway was restored and opened to all traffic.
The road was closed early Thursday morning after motorists called in, reporting a massive sinkhole that stretched across the highway. Only one small section of the road remained intact enough for small cars and other lightweight vehicles to pass one at a time.
The sinkhole was the result of a cenote that caved in due to an underground river system. Jorge Filiberto Poot Pérez, president of the Alliance of Associations of Civil Engineers Quintana Roo, explained that sometimes the process of adding soil is omitted to save on resources.
Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) studied that portion of the road for stability and says that the construction of that stretch of highway consists of a large amount of underground caves or cenotes. The caving in of major roadways is common in the state, with at least one occurance per year in the capital city of Chetumal.
The sinkhole along the Federal Highway disrupted traffic for workers and tourists alike. In the meantime, motorists were urged to use the alternate toll road.