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Don Cuevas
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PostSubject: Baluarte Bridge, Sinaloa   Wed 02 Mar 2011, 06:52

We've never been on that highway.
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PostSubject: Re: Baluarte Bridge, Sinaloa   Wed 02 Mar 2011, 09:25

Don Cuevas wrote:
We've never been on that highway.
http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Baluarte_Bridge

With a name like "Devil's Backbone" it sounds like a good highway to have avoided. They say it is so twisty and has turns so sharp you can see your own taillights!

When they get all this completed next year it will hold all kinds of records for highest bridge in No America, highest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and will have no less than 63 tunnels which they claim is ten-times more than has ever been built on any road in No America. It will be a super autopista for sure.

I hate to think what the toll will be like to travel the highway. I just made a trip out to Zinepecuaro last Saturday and used that new toll road. As short as it is it costs $44mx each way. It has been awhile since I've travelled it but the cuota for Morelia to Celaya is nearly what it costs for driving to the coast which is somewhat over $200mx. In terms of time saved and ease of travel it is worth paying.

Hound Dog's question about the Arco Norte and a final leg into Atlacomulco is uncertain and unanswered with any direct knowledge of its completion but I expect it will be done soon. There are some old roads that exist here in Mexico that make for slow travel but their system of autopistas today is amazing and make travel quick and easy. When you pay the toll you are also paying for insurance that covers you against road hazards and accidents. That is an added bonus and ease-of-mind for your journeys here.
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PostSubject: Re: Baluarte Bridge, Sinaloa   Wed 02 Mar 2011, 10:18

Peter:

You bring up an interesting point about the disparity in costs for various cuotas throughout Mexico. When we drive from the New Mexico border to the greater Guadalajara area, it has always been around $100USD =/- (depending on exchange rate) for approximately 1000 miles. There are very short sections which are very high cost while much longer sections cost less. There seems to be no rhyme or reason. Since this two day drive offers very little of interest, it is basically a marathon drive where the driver (me) attempts to make it go by as fast as possible. For me, I have no issue with the tolls since most of these roads are in good to great condition and I can hold a speed of 90 to 100mph to accomplish my goal. This makes up for the sections of libres which do cut down on one's average speed. Since our GPS keeps track of our moving average speed, I feel that I have had a good day when I see 65+/-mph at the end of a days driving.
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PostSubject: Re: Baluarte Bridge, Sinaloa   Wed 02 Mar 2011, 15:56

[quote="Peter"]
Don Cuevas wrote:
There are some old roads that exist here in Mexico that make for slow travel but their system of autopistas today is amazing and make travel quick and easy. When you pay the toll you are also paying for insurance that covers you against road hazards and accidents. That is an added bonus and ease-of-mind for your journeys here.

To the point that if one travels the toll roads in Mexico one is insured against road hazards by CAPUFE.

This is true as I can assure the reader from experience but that implies road hazards that are the responsibilty of the owner/manager of the toll road in question, not problems associated with extraneous issues such as collisions you may have that cannot be identified as problems associated with highway management such as unattended road hazards. About a year ago, on the Tinaja-Minatitlan portion of the autopista from Orizaba to Tuxtla Gutierrez, we incurred serious damage to our car when we ran over a piece of metal in the roadway which burst one of our tires and damaged the undercarraige of the vehicle. We were, at that point, incapacitated in the middle of the Veracruz wetlands at least 100 kilometers from anyplace in which one would desire to be stranded. This was kind of scary since there we were in the middle of nowhere at mid-afternoon with the prospect of spending the night in the Veracruz swamps totally at the mercy of bandidos that famously haunt those precincts. To make matters worse, we had no spare tire nor jack since those had been stolen from us by a Tapachula taller charged with fiixing our car after a recent accident near the Guatemala border.

Just as we had convinced ourselves that this was an occurence signaliing our prospective demise, along came CAPUFE personnel who called for help and gave us documentation evidencing the fact that we had been incapacitated because of a road hazard the fault of the autopista owner/manager and, to make a long story short, once we returned to Guadalajara, a taller designated by CAPUFE replaced the destroyed tire and completed other repairs needed to bring the car back into a condition similar to that before the incident.

We learned some things from this experience:

* Always save the receipts from the tolls you have paid on any and all toll roads in Mexico as you will need them to prove you paid the toll for the section of the highway upon which you incurred damage as a result of road hazards which were the responsibility of the toll road managers.
* Always wait for the claims adjustor CAPUFE sends to assess the damage to your vehicle and retain his report for review by the taller management they assign you for any required repairs. If you feel you cannot wait and drive to the next toll booth you may find they will not help you. Of course, this becomes a value judgment. CAPUFE patrols the toll roads all the time and will probably show up to help you but as night falls you may want to abandon your car and get the hell out of there. You can replace a car but not your ass.
* Pay attention to those emergency numbers you see posted here and there and always have a cell phone with you in case of an emergency.
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