Although the long-awaited Puerto Escondido-Oaxaca highway is still under construction eager drivers continue to use the new route.
It became a viable route late last year when daring motorists sought to shave a few hours off a trip that currently can take over six hours, although officials closed the highway before Easter over safety concerns.
At least one driver has gone to social media to document the tricky journey and share advice about the best times to travel.
In a video, the author can be seen driving below a bridge still under construction, along unpaved roads and by restricted access signs.
Así las obras de la Super Carretera a la Costa si viajan por esta ruta de L-V antes de las 7am y después de las 18pm, Sábados antes de las 7am y después de las 15pm, Domingos todo el día esta libre, coches pequeños absténganse no hay quien ayude si se atascan en el lodo. pic.twitter.com/xUzk6aWg4Q
— Mtro.HugoGSarmiento (@vhugosarmiento) May 18, 2023
Locals along the route have been helping manage traffic going both ways along narrow stretches, somewhat reducing the risk of an accident and all for a small voluntary fee.
The author of the video suggested the best times to drive and avoid being seen: “Travel on this route from Monday through Friday, between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., Saturdays before 7 a.m. and after 3 p.m., Sundays all day.”
“Small cars refrain, there is no one to help if they get stuck in the mud,” the author warned. There was no word on how to best deal with unmarked dirt roads and other hazards while driving on an unfinished road in the middle of the night.
In April, President López Obrador confidently stated that the highway should be finished by July.
With reports from El Heraldo de México