The project involves the construction of 26 kilometers (16 miles) of expressway which includes a branch to the future Riviera Maya International Airport, with a length of 5.5 kilometers (3.5 miles). The total cost will be 1.4 billion pesos ($120 million USD).
The bypass will begin just north of Tulum, bypassing the projected urban area, and runnin near the new airport, with an intersection withthe Tulum Coba highway just past this point. South of Tulum, the bypass will rejoin with the existing highway where it begins to move away from the beachfront, going around the Sian Kaan wildlife reserve and heading south to Chetumal and the Costa Maya area.
The new bypass will benefit Mexico land purchases which are becoming increasingly common along the Tulum-Coba highway, offering quick access not only to Tulum, but also to Playa del Carmen and other areas along the Riviera Maya. Many of these land developments have an eco-friendly focus and expats are building homes off the grid with alternative energy sources, and special water treatment systems designed to protect the coral reef.
Condos, homes and land purchases within the projected urban area of Tulum will also benefit from the bypass. Unlike Playa del Carmen, in Tulum the existing highway actually becomes the town’s main road, where the main concentration of restaurants, services and tourist shops are located.