Mexico opens Cuernavaca Paso Exprés highway

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Cuernavaca Paso Exprés project, a 14.5km section of the Mexico City-Acapulco highway located in Morelos state, was opened Sunday following a four-month delay.

The project entailed widening this section of highway from four to 10 lanes and required an investment of over 2.5bn pesos (US$134mn), according to Mexico's transport ministry.

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The authorities said the project will benefit more than 100,000 vehicles that use the highway every day. The Paso Exprés separates local traffic from interstate traffic, thus helping reduce travel times on this section of the highway from 30 to 10 minutes.

A consortium comprised by Spanish construction firm Aldesem and local company Epccor Construcción were awarded the contract for the project in 2014. The original price tag was 1.04bn pesos.

The project forms part of a package of works that have been built to boost tourism in Acapulco by making travel from Mexico City to the beach resort more efficient. Other works include the Tlalpan tollbooth skyway bridge connection, which opened in October last year, and the 520mn-peso project to upgrade the Mexico City-Cuernavaca highway, completed in February.

In a statement, the transport ministry (SCT) announced the upcoming opening of the Acapulco Macrotunnel, a three-lane 3.5km tunnel being developed under a 30-year concession by local companies IDEAL and ICA in a partnership with state-owned development bank Banobras, and which is also being carried out to benefit tourism in Acapulco. The project's estimated price tag is 3.5bn pesos.

PICTURED: Transport minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza visits the Cuernavaca Paso Exprés.