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Optimistic governor promises highway completion ‘in October’

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Optimistic governor promises highway completion ‘in October’
A bridge currently under construction on the Puerto-Oaxaca highway.

Politicians have been promising completion dates for the new Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway for years, and the promises have proven empty every time.

But that didn’t stop Governor Salomón Jara from announcing a new one on the weekend, although he avoided naming a specific day: the highway will be done “in October,” he said.

And to make sure construction is on track he plans to making ongoing visits to the site.

He made one such visit on Saturday, inspecting a toll booth, a viaduct, a tourist station – which includes a gas station, a restaurant and other amenities – and a tunnel.

“We, the people of Oaxaca, are invested in the conclusion of this project, which was abandoned for more than 20 years. However, today we can see a breakthrough,” he said.

A toll plaza takes shape on the new highway.
A toll plaza takes shape on the new highway.

After thanking the support of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who Jara said has provided all the support for the conclusion of the project, he said that all work is expected to be completed by October.

“With this highway, the public will be able to travel from Oaxaca to Puerto Escondido in a maximum period of three hours,” the governor said.

Jara also pledged that he will visit and inspect progress on the project – which state authorities recently declared is 87% done – every 15 days until its conclusion.

After Jara and López Obrador optimistically claimed late last year that the highway would be concluded “by mid-2023,” completion was delayed to the end of the year. Now Jara states that the event could take place two months earlier.

With reports by El Universal

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