A highway in Oaxaca that will cut travel times between Oaxaca city and the southern state’s Pacific coast is nearing completion after 20 years of delays and failed attempts.
Governor Alejandro Murat said the 102.4-kilometer Oaxaca-Barranca Larga-Ventanilla highway was 80.2% finished and that work was continuing between Barranca Larga and Ventanilla. Once in operation, the highway is set to link the state capital to the popular tourist destination of Puerto Escondido, cutting travel times from six to 2 and a half hours.
The two-lane highway will have a hard shoulder, 10 bridges, three tunnels, two toll booths, nine exit roads, and a viaduct.
Murat, who was supervising construction, said that four sections were still being worked on: one section is at 94.6% completion and another is at 87.7%. However, Murat added two other sections remain further from completion, at 67.8% and 64.6%.
Murat said that work and conciliation groups would be set up with communities negatively impacted by the construction to “search for a solution to their social and infrastructural demands.”