Long-awaited highway set to open by year's end - The Packer

Long-awaited highway set to open by year's end

11/16/2012 01:10:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Since Plantation produce offers in-and-out services as well as cold storage and public refrigeration, the company should benefit from the additional movement.

The new highway will help grower-shippers of all products grown in west Mexico, Wolverton said.

In the past, drivers had to take a convoluted route that included a six-hour drive over a treacherous pass running through The Devil’s Backbone.

The shining jewel of the project is the Baluarte Bridge outside of Durango.

“It is a massive bridge,” Wolverton said.

Tourists and Mexican nationals also will be able to move from one side of the country to the other faster, he said.

“(The bridge) makes it possible to get across two mountain ranges that have been formidable in the past,” McClung said.

“A map of the southern U.S. and Mexico will show that if you can get across Mexico west to east comfortably in an 18-wheeler, it is a shorter trip by about five hours from the Culiacan/Sinaloa area into the U.S.,” he said.

The website highestbridges.com says the bridge “is not only the highest bridge in North America but the highest cable-stayed bridge in the world.”

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