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This is what the second Mérida Peripheral will be like

- April 21, 2024

Due to the traffic generated on the Mérida Peripheral Ring, where up to 150,000 vehicles pass daily, there are plans to build a second option to alleviate traffic in Yucatán.

The Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications, and Transport (SICT) reported that three bypasses are projected to connect key industrial points such as Kanasín and Umán, in addition to directly linking to the Port of Progreso and connecting with the Maya Train.

Luis Manuel Pimentel Miranda, General Director of SICT, said they seek to mitigate risks on the outer circuit, “Lic. Manuel Berzunza,” which is 50 kilometers long.

That is why there are plans to build a second Mérida Peripheral, which will be different from the one currently in the entity.

Second Mérida Peripheral

The study of this mega-project is drawn as a triangle outside the current outer circuit of Mérida, not equidistant, that will connect Umán, Kanasín, Progreso, and will link with the Maya Train.

The first bypass will connect the Maya Train terminal in Umán to the Teya terminal in Kanasín. Although the exact length of the section is not yet known, the study will provide greater certainty about it.

The other metropolitan bypass will be from Umán to Puerto Progreso, with the purpose of extending it to the maritime terminal, which will take advantage of the ongoing studies for the “extension” of the Maya Train that will unite both municipalities.

This approach will allow the creation of two two-way road sections (similar to the current peripheral), which will facilitate the connection between industrial parks and logistic routes to Progreso, as well as the connection with the East Coast of the United States.

Both the two bypasses and the Maya Train section are federal government projects, from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which seek to promote and strengthen economic development.

These initiatives will not only improve communication infrastructure but will also contribute to improving the quality of life of Yucatecans by providing more efficient transportation alternatives.

A third bypass will extend from Progreso and connect with the road to Cancún, thus completing the clamp of sections that will relieve pressure on the Mérida Peripheral Ring.

This new circuit will act as a containment barrier for the metropolitan municipalities of the capital, which have experienced significant growth in recent years.

Cost of the second Mérida Peripheral

He explained that with the 15 million pesos, the project’s drafting work can begin, which will allow for a much clearer idea of the route and the dimension each section will have. For now, the bypass that goes from Umán to the road to Cancún will run parallel to the Maya Train route.

The advantage in this case is that fundamental aspects of the section are known, which will facilitate obtaining permits, land acquisition, INAH authorizations, and, of course, conducting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) studies.

With the implementation of these metropolitan bypasses, the capital will have significant relief in terms of traffic congestion, while the industry will have an additional alternative to distribute its products to other regions of the country without having to cross the current peripheral ring.

This new one will pass through some commissioner’s offices in the Northeast of Mérida, which are not yet defined. However, it will surely be a genuine option that will provide a new vision for Yucatán.

Source: Por Esto