The highway Durango-Mazatlán, it is ready for full opening on October 17th, reported sub infrastructure secretary of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT), Raúl Murrieta Cummings, and Governor Jorge Herrera Caldera, during a monitoring this work.
Will be opened by Enrique Peña Nieto at Km 122 +200 in Coscomate booth, where for days, SCT staff and state of Durango and Sinaloa monitor so that everything is ready.
When it is completed in 2012, the Baluarte River Bridge will not only be the highest bridge in North America but the highest cable stayed bridge in the world surpassing the Millau Viaduct in France. It is the crown jewel of the greatest bridge and tunnel highway project ever undertaken in North America. Known as the Durango-Mazatlán highway, it will be the only crossing for more than 500 miles (800 km) between the pacific coast and the interior of Mexico. The path of this new highway roughly parallels the famous “Devil’s Backbone”, a narrow road that earned its nickname from the way it follows the precarious ridge crest of the jagged peaks of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The dangerous road is a seemingly endless onslaught of twisting, terrifying turns that are so tight there are times the road nearly spirals back into itself.