27 points of the Oaxaca-Puerto Escondido highway are still under construction

Despite the fact that the federal government rejected that it was inaugurated unfinished, the track still does not have toll booths, and the largest of the bridges remains to be finished; work is also being done on a section affected by landslides

Puerto Escondido.- A week after the inauguration of the Barranca Larga-Ventanilla highway, headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and which reduces the journey from the city of Oaxaca to the beach destinations of the Costa region, in particular Puerto Escondido, there are at least 27 points on this road that are not fully completed and in which personnel and machinery are still working on the road, according to a tour carried out by EL UNIVERSAL, as well as information from state and municipal authorities.

This despite the fact that the federal government rejected the journalistic note published by this medium prior to the ceremony, in which it was reported that the road was inaugurated prior to being completed at 100% and, through the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (SICT), insisted in a bulletin that the 104.2 kilometers of the work are completed in their entirety.

The SICT indicated that the road starts at kilometer 72+000 of the Federal Highway 175 Oaxaca-Puerto Ángel (Barranca Larga junction, km 100+000) and ends at kilometer 151+800 of the Federal Highway 200, Pinotepa Nacional-Salina Cruz Section (Ventanilla junction, km 204+300).

It describes that the work records 15 junctions and accesses; 10 bridges, 3 viaducts, 2 toll plazas, 3 tunnels and 114 crossing structures, and it is expected that 4,500 vehicles will circulate daily on this highway.

In a tour that El Universal made on this road whose construction began more than 15 years ago during the six-year terms of Ulises Ruiz Ortiz (governor of Oaxaca) and Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (President of Mexico) and whose inauguration the AMLO government originally promised for last November, it was verified that the first toll booth or plaza is not finished and that in the second one the foundations have not been placed.

At this point it could be seen that the workers operate at forced marches finishing the slopes, including operators of cutters who make cuts in the concrete where the vehicles will circulate in the toll plaza.

In addition, a section after the first toll booth is not paved and the work continues in which cuts are made to a hill and the debris is removed to allow the passage of vehicles.

As for the largest of the 10 bridges of the work, although it can already be crossed, the totality of the pillars that must support it are still not built; however, according to the workers, this does not represent a risk for motorists.

It also lacks the conclusion of some of the 15 junctions to the populations adjacent to the highway, the bridges for the passage of animals or livestock, ditches, the placement of containment and protection fences, some road signs, and painting in some sections of the road.

“Bridge and little details are missing” According to the governor himself, Salomón Jara Cruz (Morena), who acknowledges that a bridge needs to be built in the part where a landslide occurred at the end of last year, it will not be until September when visitors begin to pay the toll of said road and the previous ones will be samples of the works being completed at 100%.

“You can’t say it’s a road … there are little details. When you build two little rooms in your house, there are always details in the bathroom, but you already live, you already inhabit, you already are in there. Nobody escapes a detail of a work. Here 97, 98% is already done. Yes, the bridge is missing, because you know that there were some landslides in November and that’s why the inauguration was postponed,” he said during his weekly conference after the inauguration event headed by the President.

According to Jara Cruz, the “adversaries” of the federal government occupied those landslides to mock, but he assured that if there was any error, it is better that it was presented before the cars begin to circulate in a generalized way.

In turn, the Secretariat of Infrastructures and Territorial Planning (Sinfra) of the Oaxaca government, acknowledges that there are works that are pending to be completed in the San Vicente viaduct, at kilometer 117, which should have been completed in the last days of January, which lacks the “approaches” that are the union of the pavement of the road with the steel structure of the viaduct.

It is also unfinished the section known as “El Limar” at kilometer 145, which would be completed on January 26, and which records a progress of approximately 80%. There are also a couple of walls missing at kilometer 147+100 and at kilometer 149+100.

All this was reported by Sinfra on the eve of the inauguration of the highway, on February 4 and just a few days before the federal government insisted that the highways were already completed at 100%.

In addition, these unfinished works include the modification that was made at kilometer 149+500, due to landslides registered in November last year and that, according to President López Obrador, was the reason for delaying the inauguration more than three months.

These works after the landslides have a progress of 60%. At kilometer 150+500, for example, the works continue because a wall collapsed. And the construction of a new viaduct at kilometer 150+600, where for the moment a provisional paved passage of 150 meters was built, where the cuts of the hill by the landslide are observed.

In addition to this, the junctions that remain unfinished are those of San Francisco, with 15% progress; that of “El Gavilán”, at kilometer 156, with 65%; and that of “Cieneguilla” at kilometer 166+894, with 40% progress.

Despite these pending works, the Barranca Larga-Ventanilla highway is passable and at an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour, you can reach Puerto Escondido in around 2 hours 30 minutes.

Regarding this, the Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport of the federal government affirms that the road generated 1,800 direct jobs, 3,500 indirect ones and will benefit more than 11 communities from 8 municipalities of Oaxaca, that is, more than 100 thousand inhabitants, for which it will give social benefit to the communities of the region.

 “Until September” Before the inauguration and consulted by EL UNIVERSAL, authorities of San Vicente Coatlán, a municipality that for years opposed the work and finally accepted it, pointed out that among the missing items is the Gavilán to Ventanilla area, where there were still sections without paving; that the entire road sign system was missing and the yellow and white lines had not been painted on the entire road as a safety measure; it also does not have a color plate of those that function as reflectors.

Additionally, the installation of metal fences in curve areas, for example, to prevent road accidents, had not been completed; they were pending to finish the construction of two toll booths and the bathroom modules, the emergency ramps and remove the debris or dirt from the collapsed hills.

The community indicates that the federal authorities themselves informed them that the work will be completed 100% until September of this year; that is, that what is still pending to finish will take between four and five months more.

They also told them that the federal government’s intention is that it will not operate definitively until September of this year. For the moment and throughout the year, the use of the road is free, although there is also no way to charge for using it.

Source: El Universal