Reconstruction of road to Tulum’s archaeological site resumes

Tulum, Q.R. – It has taken eight months, but reconstruction of the access road to the Tulum archaeological site will finally resume.

Victor Chi Tzuc, director of Public Works, said the reconstruction project was halted due to problems with local individuals as well as federal permits.

The refurbishment of the access road began last year, but within days, was suspended due to an individual lawsuit as well as disagreements from other business owners along the road.

There were also suspension requests by the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) who claimed no permits had been granted.

After an eight-month standstill, the reconstruction project has resumed.

Remodeling of the road and its properties has posed technical challenges with the oldest building being built more than two decades ago at ground level on a federal road.

Chi Tzuc points out flooding is an issue that needs to be addressed. He says that they are considering installing absorption wells.

The project, which is being led by the company Maharba, has an investment budget of $3.9 million. A portion of funding for the project came from INAH, while an assigned percentage of the budget came from tourist visits to the site.

Once complete the end of the access road will have a central ridge with a wide sidewalk where visitors to the site can walk without risk.

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