Jala-Compostela Road Travel Suspended Indefinitely
Team Angels/Gerardo Gonzalez - Vallarta Opina
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September 12, 2017

Drivers must wait to use the new fast track between the capital of Jalisco and this tourist destination. The reopening of the short route Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta in the section Jala-Compostela must wait indefinitely, announced the delegate in Jalisco of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport, Salvador Fernandez Ayala.

The reopening for the vehicular pass is uncertain because the work has been complicated due to the heavy rains, said the official but also due to lack of budget to conclude the work.

The section Jala-Compostela, of 67 kilometers, was opened to the vehicular circulation on April 8 in the vacation period of Easter but was later closed, this represents 42 percent of the new road.

For his part the delegate of the SCT Nayarit, Jesús Miramontes Lara, confirmed at the time that there is no set time to reopen the section that represents a saving of 50 minutes in the total route.

On July 17 the road was closed due to a landslide at the height of the section Jala-Compostela, a work that is being carried out by the construction company Accionas Infrastructures Mexico.

The heavy rains saturated the slopes surrounding the Compostela tunnel, which caused landslides in the kilometres 38 and 39 that blocked both lanes of the road.

"In order to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of motorists and carriers using the highway Jala-Compostela and Ramal-Compostela, the Secretariat of Communications and Transport will implement a plan for the abatement of slopes and terraplanes, to avoid and correct landslides," they explain in the communiqué.

Although at the time it was said that the closing would be for a month, soon the SCT Jalisco announced that it would reopen on August 30 but it was not.

However the third and final stage of the short track, which would go from Las Veras to Bucerías, will not be ready before two years.

This third stage of the Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta Highway comprises 81 km that go precisely from Las Varas to Bucerías. However, these jobs still do not begin because some rights of way and to conclude environmental issues that are yet to be released. So once the construction work starts, the work will end in approximately two years.

Also last night there was another landslide in the road Mascota-Las Palmas at the height of kilometer 47 + 700. As of August 24th there were already about 233 landslides between the kilometres 45 and 60

65 million pesos will be required for the integral rehabilitation of that roadway.

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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