Wednesday, December 07, 2011 1:53 PM
Tulum and the New Bypass
Quintana Roo has released the projected bypass around the city of Tulum to accommodate increased traffic with the proposed building of the Riviera Maya International Airport. This is welcome news to current residents and Tulum lovers from around the world.
Federal highway 307 currently cuts the town/city of Tulum in half. The town is where all the restaurants, hostels, and nightlife are located off the beach. For the past 15 years (when concrete/black top was put down on the road) all kinds of traffic literally came right through the center of town just 15 yards from all the stores. Now, only local traffic is allowed to drive through town. Tractor trailers, buses, and most other commercial vehicles need to go around this booming town on the new bypass which is still a work in progress.
I commend the transportation and tourism authorities for having the foresight to realize that the town of Tulum, not become the busy boulevard that is the hotel zone in Cancun. Tulum is unique, exclusive, and more laid back then its sister cities of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Although, the airport has yet to start construction, this progressive move by the transportation authority is a step in the right direction and a necessary move to alleviate traffic and allow Tulum to grow in a more responsible manner.