Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway to be Built by Carlos Slim Partnership

A dream long cherished by thousands of residents and visitors to the region started becoming a reality back on January 29th, when the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) gave its approval for the construction of the Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway.

This past Thursday, the Reforma website announced that this project grew out of a unsolicited proposal presented by Desarrollo y Empleo en América Latina (IDEAL), owned by Carlos Slim. The highway will be four lanes, will stretch 90.5 km and will be the first highway project of this administration built through a public-private partnerships scheme.

The new highway from Jala to Compostela will be completed in the summer of 2015.Watch movie online Rings (2017)

The projected completion dates for the Compostela-Las Varas and the Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta stretches were not mentioned.

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10 Reviews on “Las Varas-Puerto Vallarta Highway to be Built by Carlos Slim Partnership”

  1. :

    I look forward to a toll road that will relieve some of the traffic on 200. I don't think it will bring a lot more "gringos" in except for the few adventurous among us who will like the easier drive from Canada and the US

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    I would like to hear what the Mexican residents' opinions are on this issue.

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      you are rigth , too meny gringos is good for residents they make a lots of work for every body specialy for low income people and most gringos are only here six months a year ....

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        no one would argue that more gringo's means more jobs and more money for the local shops in the small towns….but as with most things….not everything is wonderful……I have met many Mexicans who come to Guayabitos and La Penita…..and would love to know that the local hotels and restaurants don't charge the gringo prices……they can't afford it….We must show respect for these people….it is their country, we are only here for a short time….let's make it a wonderful time for everyone……let everyone prosper…..

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    The new highway will be a toll road with only an exit and entry at La Pinita. The old highway will be the libremiento or free highway and will continue in use as it is now. No reason to conclude that this will bring more gringos in particular than there are already, possibly more visitors from other Mexican interior cities as the travel time will be significantly less. The current population of the area does not qualify for interest by any large chains such as Walmart. The new toll road will significantly diminish the heavy truck and trailer and bus traffic that is currently experienced on the existing highway making it much safer for all.

  4. :

    Yes, indeed. There will be a lot more space available along the entire stretch of coastline for more OXXO stores.....

  5. :

    Yes, I agree. It would be wonderful to have another road but the small towns are already losing too much business because of such businesses as OXXO! We really don't want WalMart in Guayabitos!

  6. :

    i agree with eddy. away goes small business and in comes walmart. really too bad. alot will b lost.

  7. :

    I like the idea of a new highway, but at the same time, many of the little town like la Penita, Guayabitos, los ayalas (sp)…etc….will receive far too many gringo's…..places like Guayabitos and La Penita are Mexican towns, its where many Mexicans come to play in the surf, and enjoy themselves……its affordable for them….but with a new highway, this may bring many gringo's into town, pushing up prices, and taking over hotels, and pushing out the Mexican's…….I may be wrong, and I hope I am wrong, but sometimes we wish for things that may not be in the best interest of the people… the long run…..who knows……

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      I believe the new highway cutting the Guadalajara travel time in half will allow many nationals living in GDL to buy weekend homes in the area and will help everyone...

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