The tranquility of life in Mérida is one of the characteristics that best distinguishes the capital of Yucatán. Thanks to it, there has been an increase in the number of people who decide to establish their residence in this city; However, how does the population cope with the increase in traffic in the city of Merida?

The rapid growth of the city has also led to a change in the structure and traffic flow in the city. Now it is more common to observe an influx of cars that sometimes leads to vehicular chaos at certain times of the day or in specific areas of the city.

One aspect to note is the way in which traffic in the city of Mérida has been increasing in recent years. 

A report from the newspaper El Financiero affirms that throughout the city more than 30 “red lights” can be found regarding vehicular traffic

This means that, at certain times and in specific areas, the number of vehicles exceeds the road capacity that the city currently has.

Depending on the area in which you live, work or use to spend most of the day, it is the time they will spend sitting in traffic.

For example, one of the busiest areas in Mérida is naturally the center of the city. And it is that a large part of the cultural and economic exchanges of the entire state moves there.

Traffic in the city of Merida
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In other words, the center of Mérida will almost always be the venue for events of cultural or political origin, in addition to being home to the most important theaters, museums and restaurants in all of Mérida.

Although there is a significant traffic flow throughout the day in said area, it is important to note that it is during working hours and on weekends when access to the central area of the city becomes a red light for those who require walk its streets.

Likewise, the north of the city has also witnessed one of the largest urban growths in the last decade: where previously there was only plain, now vertical buildings are erected that house more and more businesses and homes.

If the city grows, it is natural that the number of inhabitants also grows, so it will be natural to find that other types of needs have been generated over the years.

Hospitals, shopping centers, restaurants and other services are some of the businesses that occupy the north of Mérida, one of the most important residential and recreational spaces in the city.

It is common to find places where the police are in charge of directing traffic; this, with the aim of avoiding, as far as possible, vehicle accidents and traffic jams caused by the traffic flow at peak hours.

Another red light in the city concerning vehicular traffic is the peripheral ring of Mérida. This is a circuit that surrounds the entire city and originally separated the city from the surrounding towns.

Today, the periphery is the main road in the city, but there is a notable increase in the number of vehicles that travel on it every day, which makes it one of the busiest roads at all hours of the day.

Can traffic in the city of Mérida be a problem for years to come?

As for the peripheral ring, the hours in which there is a greater risk of encountering traffic jams is between 7 and 9 in the morning, while on weekends you may have to wait a few more minutes to continue your journey during the night.

Perhaps one of the most conflictive spaces in terms of vehicular chaos are the roundabouts that divide the city from the peripheral ring, since these are the connector between the various residential, school and recreational areas that can be accessed.

In short, little by little you will begin to recognize the rush hours on the streets that you travel the most, but don't be taken by surprise! You must arm yourself with patience to drive in the city, as more vehicles are expected to arrive in the coming months and years. The Yucatan newspaper published 6 reasons to live in Mérida, We share them with you so that you are sure that it is your destiny.

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