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Old 06-06-2011   #106 (permalink)
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I LOVE the new overpasses but already, there are issues with the onset of the rainy season.

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"PLAYA DEL CARMEN, SOLIDARITY, June 5 .- Heavy rains on Sunday, showed the terrible vehicular bridge design "Boulevard Playa del Carmen" at the height of the avenue CTM, a work that was in charge of the company questioned GUTSA because the flooding return this avenue was closed to traffic, and for this reason, we restricted the step in the integration and divestiture ramps to the bridge located at this junction, causing severe among motorists.

For the severity of the flooding that left in its wake heavy rains caused by the interaction of a jet stream system with low pressure near Jamaica, which began around 11:30 am, had to intervene Heroic element of Fire, to drain through the use of bombs, and thus reopen as soon as possible the movement on the bridge of "Boulevard Playa del Carmen" at the height of the avenue MLC, in relation to promotion and descent.

What happened on Sunday, is considered a warning to the federal government because the problem can be worse in a hurricane, so that through the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) immediately correct the poor job that made the challenged GUTSA company, in return known as CTM, by digging large pits absorption, because in addition to impeding movement, distracting elements of the heroic firemen, because their help may be needed by families whose homes have flooded.

The flooding problem was not only the return of CTM Avenue, but in the same vehicle bridge the "Playa del Carmen Boulevard", causing some drivers were about to lose control of his car, causing a magnitudes major accident because the boulevard is taken as a fast track, and that the absence of a drainage system, water accumulated was "out" the bridge by large trucks.

Remember that the failure of the consortium GUTSA S. C. A V., the deadline to finish construction of the vehicular bridge two miles accounted for in the street 10 to street 52, led a five-month delay in the commissioning of great work in which federal government invested over a billion dollars and which aims to ease traffic at Boulevard Playa del Carmen, because the other companies involved met in a timely manner.

Less than a month since the bridge operation "Boulevard Playa del Carmen", on Monday, May 9, is exhibiting the bad work done by GUTSA and denounced at the time by this newspaper, however, applied the SCT measures remedial presumption hence a serious act of corruption of the federal agency to promote a consortium widely known for committing serious irregularities"

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Old 06-06-2011   #107 (permalink)
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Why is everyone so negative?
One reason is that the current rain has confirmed another flaw in the design. Flooding at intersections (more so than in the past) and standing water on the overpass.
Por Esto has been a brutal critic of the whole project pointing out bad design and the rampant corruption associated with the project.

Ok. The corruption doesn't come as a surprise.

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I wonder how long it will take them to rectify this? They can work fast down there, but who knows how long it will be if there's corruption and financial issues? I'll get to take a look-see in August when I'm there or maybe I'll just avoid it if it's raining.
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I wonder how long it will take them to rectify this? They can work fast down there, but who knows how long it will be if there's corruption and financial issues? I'll get to take a look-see in August when I'm there or maybe I'll just avoid it if it's raining.
Rectify this?
As long as the Bomberos are pumping water out of the intersections with no payment to them....it's a done deal.
If I were allowed (as an expat) to campaign for a new administration - I would.
But, alas, I can't.
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I wonder how long it will take them to rectify this? They can work fast down there, but who knows how long it will be if there's corruption and financial issues? I'll get to take a look-see in August when I'm there or maybe I'll just avoid it if it's raining.
I won't worry about it too much. I have driven the over passes, on and under, about 2 dozen time in the past week (kids activities keep this taxista running) and I have not personally had a problem. Good to keep an eye out for pooling water but that is always an issue here with heavy rains. Our roads do tend to get slick during the first 30 minutes of any rainstorm and reducing your speed is crucial.

As a Mom and business owner who spends an inordinate amount of time running from one side of Playa to the other, the overpasses, in all their glorious imperfection, are a welcome improvement in my world.
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Thank God.someone with sense.
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You are right Michele. TOday I went from Juarez Avenue to La TOscana round trip and only took me 15 minutes. Before........ 30-40 minutes?
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I know! Makes my runs between Playa Soccer and Hipico Playa del Carmen a lot more do-able!
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I haven't been to Playa since it opened but I must admit it's a great relief to me and I'm sure to my kids. Getting to the north end of Playa on the way in from the airport only to get stalled was the ultimate in frustration, although it was good practise for the philosophy of manana
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One reason is that the current rain has confirmed another flaw in the design. Flooding at intersections (more so than in the past) and standing water on the overpass.
Por Esto has been a brutal critic of the whole project pointing out bad design and the rampant corruption associated with the project.

Ok. The corruption doesn't come as a surprise.

EDIT: Michele beat me to it AND with the link
how long now from cancun airport to playacar?
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how long now from cancun airport to playacar?
about 10 minutes less than before.
35 minutes, maybe
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about 10 minutes less than before.
35 minutes, maybe

35 minutes??
maybe in an indy car with a police escort
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about 10 minutes less than before.
35 minutes, maybe
Not at the speed limit though.
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although it definitely makes the trip through playa faster, i always say a prayer when entering those on ramps - stop sign at the top, no clear view because of the wall (my car is low). the other frustrating this is when driving south and entering playa, people are always driving slow in the fast lane, seems like the majority think the right lane is only for exiting, but i guess that happens everywhere...

another added bonus is that you fly through playa only to hit a stop light at colosio (i think it's colosio) because of the pedestrian overpass...

one thing to look out for are cars parked in the fast lane - i am not kidding. twice when driving to cancun for work i've almost hit gardener's trucks parked in the left hand lane doing maintenance. granted they did have a cone out - about 10 feet behind them. so just be aware...

also south of playa, driving from aventuras north to playa, if it's raining DRIVE EXTRA SLOW! there's cut-aways to allow the water to run off the road, but it causes mini rivers which can be super dangerous.
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although it definitely makes the trip through playa faster, i always say a prayer when entering those on ramps - stop sign at the top, no clear view because of the wall (my car is low). the other frustrating this is when driving south and entering playa, people are always driving slow in the fast lane, seems like the majority think the right lane is only for exiting, but i guess that happens everywhere...

another added bonus is that you fly through playa only to hit a stop light at colosio (i think it's colosio) because of the pedestrian overpass...

one thing to look out for are cars parked in the fast lane - i am not kidding. twice when driving to cancun for work i've almost hit gardener's trucks parked in the left hand lane doing maintenance. granted they did have a cone out - about 10 feet behind them. so just be aware...

also south of playa, driving from aventuras north to playa, if it's raining DRIVE EXTRA SLOW! there's cut-aways to allow the water to run off the road, but it causes mini rivers which can be super dangerous.
Hope the taxi cab knows this.?
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