President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday morning during a press conference in Oaxaca city that “very little is left” for the long-awaited Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway to be completed.
The road is expected to reduce travel times to and from Oaxaca city from over six hours to about 2 1/2. López Obrador said he hoped all work on the road would be finished by July or August.
Progress on the project had been halted by a territorial conflict between the municipalities of Villa Sola de Vega and San Vicente Coatlán. López Obrador asserted that an agreement is still being sought, but work on the highway continues “day and night.”
“I hope that by July of this year the road from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido will be completed. I am grateful to the residents of San Vicente Coatlán who accepted an agreement to continue building that highway, and very little is left, but there is an agrarian conflict between Sola de Vega and San Vicente Coatlán and mediation is being sought, an agreement is being sought.
“[Work on the] highway was stopped, but those from San Vicente are already acting in a very, very supportive, very responsible manner and the work has already continued, because we had considered the possibility of changing the route, but the people of San Vicente understood that it was important to continue with the [original] layout, to continue building the project, and the problem has already been resolved and the companies are already working day and night to inaugurate the highway in July [or] August,” said López Obrador.
With reports by El Universal