After more than 15 years, the wait is over and on February 4, the 104.3-kilometer work of the Barranca Larga- Ventanilla highway was inaugurated. This new highway will shorten the distance between the state capital and the Oaxacan coast, going from 6.5 hours to only 2.5 hours.
This project required an investment of 13 billion pesos and with its start of operations it will benefit the more than 500 thousand inhabitants of the 50 municipalities of this region. The construction of this highway also generated an economic impact of 1,800 direct jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs. It is expected that after its opening there will be traffic of around 4 thousand vehicles per day.
The road from the Oaxacan capital to Puerto Escondido is made up of two parts. The first part runs along Federal Highway 175 0axaca-Puerto Ángel in a route of 70 kilometers. A booth at this point marks the beginning of the second section for 104 more kilometers, during which there are 15 access junctions for the surrounding communities. The route has bridges, 3 viaducts, 3 tunnels, 114 crossing structures and finally ends at the beach. It is important to mention that the road will be free during the first year after its opening.
Without a doubt, this new highway will be a very important trigger for the tourism sector, since the travel time from the capital to the beach destinations on the Oaxacan coast will be reduced: Huatulco, Puerto Escondido, Zicatela, Mazunte and San Agustinillo, among others. The above translates into much more influx of visitors, more productive investment, economic growth and more jobs for the inhabitants of the area.