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Mexico's Acapulco tunnel to open in March 2017

Bnamericas Published: Monday, May 30, 2016
Mexico's Acapulco tunnel to open in March 2017

Authorities in Guerrero state have said that the first phase of the Acapulco macro tunnel project, which will be Mexico's longest highway tunnel, will be ready to start operations in March 2017.

The first phase of the project is currently 60% complete, the government of the state announced last week.

The tunnel, which will stretch for 3.16km, involves a total investment of 3.74bn pesos (US$203mn).

Construction had remained halted for more than a year due to a series of problems, state governor Héctor Astudillo Flores said in an official release.

In August last year, national water authority Conagua temporarily suspended works on the tunnel because the consortium in charge of the project did not have the necessary permits carry out certain waterworks, according to local media reports.

The works were also suspended in April last year after local residents filed a lawsuit regarding damage caused to their homes by the construction works.

The tunnel will have three lanes, one of which will have the traffic direction changed during peak hours for increased flexibility.

In November 2012, the tender process for the tunnel project was won by a partnership between IDEAL, ICA and development bank Banobras. The concession will last 30 years and includes a requirement to hire local labor.

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