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PostSubject: Arco Norte   Mon 28 Feb 2011, 22:11

We live in both Ajijic, Jalisco and San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas and drive between those two cities a few times a year. The opening of the new Arco Norte Autopista bypassing Mexico City to get from West Central Mexico to Southeastern Mexico has been a Godsend in making that drive more pleasant as now one can get from such points as Morelia or Querétaro to Puebla City skirting the megalopolis altogether. As of our most recent information, if one is driving from either Jalisco or Michoacan it is necessary to drive to Querétaro and then down through San Juan Del Rio on Highway 57 to pick up the Arco Norte to the western outskirts of Puebla City but eventially the Arco Norte will continue on through to Atlacomulco, EDO which might be a better route when one is driving from Metropolitan Guadalajara or Morelia. When traversing the Arco Norte, the signs say that the autopista is completed to Atlacomulco but the last time we tried to drive on through to that city and pick up the Guadalajara-DF Autopista (Autopista 15), we found that the Arco Norte was not, in fact finished through to Atlacomulco as the signage indicated and there was a long stretch of slow, back country road to traverse to get to Autopista 15. Does anyone living in Michoacan and utilizing the Arco Norte know if that autopista is now completed through all the way to Atlacomulco and, if so, if that makes it feasible to drive from the Guadalajara area to Atlacomulco rather than head north and go via Querétaro?
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PostSubject: Re: Arco Norte   Tue 01 Mar 2011, 04:46

I can't say for certain, as we've not driven from Pátzcuaroto San Juan del Río since 3 years ago. However, as our bus makes the turn just north of Atlacomulco, there's a new interchange, or at least exit. Whether the road is completed from Atla to SJDR remains to be seen.

Why don't we have a look at Google Maps?

No, I suspect that it's not done yet.
Northern approaches to Atlacomulco: http://goo.gl/maps/AgXr
New Highway?: http://goo.gl/maps/DPc3

This Street View is at the interchange: http://goo.gl/maps/V6pU
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