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CDMX-Acapulco time down to three hours

Paso Express de Cuernavaca was opened to traffic yesterday

Driving time between Mexico City and Acapulco has been reduced by at least one hour following yesterday’s opening of the Paso Express de Cuernavaca.


Almost 1 billion pesos (a little over US $50 million) was invested in the 15-kilometer, 10-lane highway project intended to reduce travel time through Cuernavaca to 10 minutes from 30 and cut the journey between the capital and Acapulco from about four and a half hours to just over three.

Four lanes, with a wider span of 3.5 meters, are intended for long-distance traffic and the other six, measuring 3.2 meters in width, will carry local traffic, “solving traffic issues and responding to the demand of thousands of tourists,” said the Communications and Transportation Secretary.

Travel time between the capital and Acapulco has until now been about four and a half hours.

Gerardo Ruiz Esparza dismissed a suggestion that the project’s completion had been timed intentionally to coincide with the beginning of the election campaign in the State of México, calling the convergence of dates “a happy coincidence.”

The Paso Express is part of a broader highway interconnection project for the country’s capital and its metropolitan area, representing an investment of 40 billion pesos (over $2 billion), of which 40% correspond to public funds and the rest to private enterprise.

The project entails work on close to 270 kilometers of highway in 11 strategic entry points to the metropolitan area of the valley of Mexico.


“This is the greatest construction and enlargement of federal highways carried out by any administration,” said Ruiz.

Work on five of the 11 entry points has already concluded, continued the secretary, four are in progress and two are about to start.

Those already in operation include:

• Four new lanes on a 12.5-kilometer stretch of the Marquesa-Toluca highway, representing an investment of 3.7 billion pesos.

• The seven-kilometer, 2.5-billion-peso interconnection of the elevated Periférico beltway with the Tlalpan toll booth, whose renovation required an additional 260 million pesos.

• The Mexico City-Puebla highway, enlarged to 10 lanes along a 14-kilometer-long stretch, an investment of 2.3 billion pesos.

• Eight new lanes on the Mexico City-Pachuca highway, costing a little over 2 billion pesos.

• The new 1.3-billion-peso, 21-kilometer Chalco-Cuautla highway.

The four projects still under construction include:

• The 1.9-billion-peso Pirámides-Texcoco highway. Seventeen kilometers long, it will offer connectivity to the new Mexico City International Airport.

• The 10-lane, 10-kilometer-long Peñón-Texcoco highway, representing 1.5 billion pesos in investment.

• 185 kilometers of the Mexico City-Querétaro highway, being upgraded with 2.8 billion pesos in funding.

• Connecting towns in the states of Jalisco, Michoacán, State of México and Mexico City, a 74-kilometer upgrade of the Atizapán-Atlacomulco highway is to cost 8.5 billion pesos.

The two projects yet to begin include the 2-billion-peso Viaducto Avenida 602. Extending over five kilometers, it will connect the Circuito Interior beltway to the new roads that lead to the new airport.

The second is the two-kilometer-long Chamapa-La Venta Viaducto that will connect with the Mexico City-Toluca highway and will require an investment of 1.3 billion pesos.

Secretary Ruiz said it was a federal priority to improve highway connectivity in central Mexico because 35% of the country’s economic activity is concentrated there.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • SickofLiberalbs9999

    Mexico’s investment in infrastructure is impressive.
    Where’s the matching investment in security and law and order?

    • Geoffrey Rogg

      It will come but the priorities are correct, good communications are necessary for many endeavors to be successful.

      • SickofLiberalbs9999

        I don’t know – roads are a priority over safety and security?
        Mexico needs 100,000 new, professionally-trained police.
        It needs PERMANENT police presence in all states and cities.
        Half the country has no law enforcement presence now.
        Rural areas are unpoliced, controlled by the criminals.
        The army rolls in for a few weeks AFTER violence spikes – then returns to bases.

        But there’s no money for more police – it’s all gone to infrastructure.
        Who cares about new roads if it’s not safe to use them?
        Who wants to use the new, faster route to Acapulco – when Acapulco is a warzone?

        • Geoffrey Rogg

          You do not appreciate, let alone acknowledge, that first class communications are an essential element in maintaining public order and suppressing criminal activity of all types. Much of Mexico’s hinterland is sorely neglected in this respect and provides cover for a host of illegal and criminal activities. There are arguably thousands of miles of terasarÍas and rough trails throughout the country which strangers and law enforcement prefer to avoid, I know because I have been there in the course of my work in Mexico. As things are this infrastructure investment will have an important multiplier effect and may itself reduce the need for recourse to criminal activity in order to survive. It is easy to criticize but one has to bear in mind to the extremely complicated socio-economic factors impacting Mexican life and politics. It is easy to speak of corruption but is a fact of life whether you like it or not and the best of Presidents has to take this into consideration when wanting to implement any major policy program. Right now law enforcement is not an attractive career for those who would be the most suitable candidates. You are a target of you do your job well and honestly with very meager compensation or social respect for so doing. It is politically easier to sell infrastructure projects than law enforcement reform, but I am sure that one will lead to the pother in time. Meanwhile. foreigners can always choose to appreciate Mexico as it is, blemishes and all. or leave and live somewhere else more to their liking but a greater cost which is one of the reasons why gringos live in Mexico in the first place.

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    Ex-pat dems should take note that a public-private partnership, as advocated by Pres. Trump, is not heresy and perfectly doable as shown by Mexico.