Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was in Oaxaca last weekend where he flew over a section of the new Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway and repeated his commitment to deliver a fully completed project by the middle of the year.
López Obrador took to Twitter on Sunday where he wrote an optimistic “Almost there!”
He added that the construction of “a large bridge and 12 kilometers of pavement” is all that is left before the highway is completed.
The president remarked that travel time between Puerto and Oaxaca will be greatly reduced to a mere 2.5 hours, down from over six the trip currently entails.
“We will open it in July this year,” he asserted, echoing a commitment made by Governor Salomón Jara in December to finish the new road in “no more than six months.”
López Obrador continued by stating that he hopes that by then the territorial conflict that has brought the infrastructure project to a halt many times in the 15 years since construction started will be solved between the municipalities of Villa Sola de Vega and San Vicente Coatlán.
“Hopefully, by then, we can also solve the old problem between Sola de Vega and San Vicente Coatlán and achieve peace,” he wrote.
The president’s message had a short video attached, showing footage shot from a helicopter as it flew over an already finished section of the 103-kilometer-long highway.
In February, assemblies in Sola de Vega and Coatlán agreed to lift a months-long blockade and allow construction to resume. This was a result of an ultimatum given by the president a few weeks before, when he warned both municipalities that if no solution was found, the route of the highway would be redrawn away from the area of conflict.
With reports by La Jornada