Durango to Mazatlan Highway

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by westnash, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. westnash

    westnash Long timer

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    In late June 2009 what is the current situation on the Highway from Durango to Mazatlan? How much of the old road is left and what is construction activity?
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  2. sunflowers

    sunflowers alaska2argentina.co.uk

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    I rode it in December 08 and it seemed fine. There were bits that looked like construction had recently finished as there was no lane markings but other than that it was a lovely road although very curvy.
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  3. tedder

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    You've been on it more recently than I have, certainly. Maybe Gustavo will pipe up- he can probably get us updated status on it.

    Just be careful, the trucks LOVE to cut the corners on that road, and in some cases they must cut the corners to even make the turn. Be prepared to come to a complete stop and/or ride off the edge of the road if necessary- we certainly had to do both of those.
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  4. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    If you are asking about the new cuota highway, it's a long way from being finished. Current estimates put the opening sometime in 2012. To do that, the large bridge project (El Baluarte) has to be done by next summer. I am not sure it will.

    In any case, even when it opens, the old road will stay exactly as it is plus some new intersections with the new road and minus a large amount of traffic which will no doubt opt for the faster and shorter cuota road (according to the SCT, it should reduce the average travel time between Durango and Mazatlan by 3.5 hours). Perfect, as far as I am concerned. :ricky


    Gustavo

    PS - Yes, I'm still alive, just a little busy... :tough
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  5. GSABest

    GSABest El Adventurero

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    I second Gustavos comments. I road it for the second and third time in May. Do not miss this road if you can help it at all!!:deal
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  6. Drumboy

    Drumboy Been here awhile

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    I rode it twice in March and there are parts of the Cuota completed and new construction open around Saltillo. The trucks and buses weren't quite as bad as they were in February of 08.
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  7. elgringo-inaz

    elgringo-inaz El Gringo

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    One of the twistiest roads I'e been on. Do it. Awesome scenery.
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  8. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    :rolleyes

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  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Take a trip up north for once, it's really nice here in the summer you know... :deal

    Sorry for the hijack. OK, no I'm not... :lol3

    Gustavo
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  10. Ramata

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    :nod There's some sections of the new road that seems to be open, but they are really traspassed by locals. Just follow the signs or you could end in a dead-ended part of the road.
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  11. gsrideruk

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    ATE88 and I did this road a week ago and it is up there as one of the favourites of our trip so far.
    Great pot scraping bends when you are not taking in the scenery. Try and stop at the knife edge. There is a Mexican name for it but I cannot remember it. Easy to miss but worth stopping for.
    There was little traffic compared with the roads we are used to in the UK so the odd lorry was not an issue.
    Enjoy.
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  12. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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  13. tedder

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    I'll see that pic and raise you a few.
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    That was a fun road.
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  14. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    OK, you are on.


    Espinazo del Diablo - it's where you meet friends that are wandering in Mexico (you do not want to meet the trucks in the background so much):
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    Gustavo
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  15. Jammin

    Jammin Living on a DR

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  16. Drumboy

    Drumboy Been here awhile

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    I'll raise you.
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    Sweet chick fight at a gas station
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    This restaurant was near El Salto (I think just out of the town before El Salto) on the left side heading out of Durango and really good
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    No clue why there was a large carcass with empty beer cans hanging on it.
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  17. aaron_mx

    aaron_mx Duranguense Biker

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    Yeah, you're right with this instructions. Also, I need to say when you stop to let truck drive in the corners, be aware back to you because cars upcoming...

    Sorry my poor english, I'm from Durango Mex.


    See you!
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  18. danielshell

    danielshell n00b

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    we did the road from Mazatlan to Durango about 6 months ago on a Harley,it was awesome!
    Beware the trucks barrelling down the hills, taking corners on the wrong side of the road, El Salto is an interesting overnight stop if you fancy one.
    Durango was a bot odf a dissappointment, bvut getting there was fab. The road is sweet!!
    Enjoy!
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  19. tedder

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    Huh. We loved Durango..
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  20. SR

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    In the last few months the City of Durango converted a major street in the centro into a pedestrian mall and they have been restoring a lot of colonial buildings in the centro. These improvements have made Dgo a noticebly better place to spend time.

    Saludos

    SR
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