This public work, together with the New Cuernavaca Expressway is designed to improve the mobility, efficiency and safety of people and goods traveling between the cities of Mexico, Cuernavaca, Cuautla, Pachuca, Puebla and Toluca.
The government has prioritized connectivity within the Valley of Mexico Metropolitan Area (VMMA), which has the third highest population density of all the cities in OECD countries.
The goal is to build infrastructure to ease traffic in the MCMA, while keeping roads open to traffic and being completed rapidly in order to cause the least possible inconvenience to users and local residents.
National Infrastructure Program 2013-2018
This program involves the construction and expansion of 12 major strategic entrances which have either been completed, or are under construction or about to be built.
Five have been concluded to date: the new La Marquesa-Toluca and Chalco-Cuautla highways and the extensions of the Mexico-Pachuca highway by 10.5 kilometers, the Mexico-Puebla highway by 14 kilometers, and the four-lane raised viaduct of the Second Floor of the Periférico to the Tlalpan tollbooth, opened on October 27.
Three highway accesses are currently under construction: the Atizapan-Atlacomulco and the Pyramids-Texcoco highway, and the reconstruction of the Mexico-Querétaro highway, which had not been given comprehensive maintenance since 1958.
Construction is slated to begin on four accesses: the Circuito Interior Indios Verdes-Santa Clara Circuit and the Avenue 602 viaducts, which will provide a fast link from the Circuito Interior to the main NAICM Road and between the Chamapa–La Venta Viaduct and the Mexico Toluca Highway.
The toll-free road to the new airport, already under construction, is an extension of the Peñón-Texcoco highway, which will be expanded from four to 10 lanes over a 10-kilometer stretch. This will be main road directly connecting Mexico City to this large-scale public work.
The 12 access roads into the Valley of Mexico have a combined length of over 226 kilometers and over 40 billion pesos have been invested to provide modern, efficient logistics connectivity for the city, which is also faster, safer and cleaner.
All these highways to the main access roads to Mexico City are complemented by the construction of the Mexico-Toluca Intercity Train. Over 44 billion pesos have been invested in the development of what will be the first high-speed rail in America.
This modern transport system will ease traffic, which will result in savings of millions of liters of gasoline and man hours, and reduce emissions, providing significant benefits for the environment, a problem that must certainly be addressed.
Based on data from the SCT published in El Universal.