Mexico defines 2018 priority roadworks

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mexico's transport ministry (SCT) will invest 16.6bn pesos (US$859mn) this year in five priority highways in the central area of the country.

Three of those projects are set to be concluded this year, including the Atizapán-Atlacomulco highway. This initiative forms part of the federal government's national infrastructure program 2014-2018 and was awarded in 2014 under a concession contract to OHL México, the local subsidiary of Spanish construction group OHL.

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Works on the four-lane 74km highway, which connects the two cities in Mexico state will start shortly, the ministry said.

The project requires investments of 8.5bn pesos and has faced delays due to problems with securing relevant rights of ways.

A second initiative to be completed this year is the widening of the Peñón-Texcoco highway, the key link between Mexico City to the new international airport currently under construction in the eastern metropolitan area. Around 2bn pesos will be invested to widen the 10km highway to 10 lanes.

Additionally, rehabilitation works on the 185km México-Querétaro toll highway will also be completed this year. The project involves repaving 145km with hydraulic concrete and another 40km with high-quality asphalt, demanding investments of 2.85bn pesos.

Two other priority projects to be undertaken this year include the construction of the Avenue 602 elevated viaduct and the 2km Chamapa-La Venta viaduct.

The former will be a four-lane, 5km highway in Mexico City's district of Gustavo A. Madero at a cost of 2bn pesos, while the latter will be built over the Mexico City-Toluca toll highway, requiring a 1.3bn pesos investment.

These two initiatives will not be completed in 2018, the SCT said.