• .This has been the most significant investment in recent years to modernize the various access roads to the capital city and its metropolitan area, which will take place between now and the end of this administration, he said.
  • He highlighted the coordination of efforts between the federal and the Mexico City governments, as well as with other states, to undertake works for the benefit of Mexican society.
  • Coordination efforts have yielded substantial results: Miguel Ángel Mancera.

During the inauguration of the Second Floor Interconnection to the Tlalpan Tollbooth, which shaves 45 minutes off the journey from the exit to Cuernavaca to the Querétaro exit, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that the government, “Is investing a significant effort and funds to improve connectivity between the capital and the entire metropolitan area of Mexico City and the rest of the country.

“This has been the most significant investment in recent years to modernize the various access roads to the capital city and its metropolitan area, which will take place between now and the end of this administration,” he said.

He declared that, “A thirty-five billion peso investment will be assigned to modernize connectivity with the south, east and west of the Mexico City Metropolitan Area”.

The president detailed the public works that have been completed, those underway, and those about to be built to improve Mexico City’s connectivity.

In the north:

  • The extension of the Mexico-Pachuca highway, already fully operational.
  • The Pyramids-Texcoco highway, which is about to begin its expansion and will be one of the major road links to the new Mexico City International Airport.
  • The Mexico-Queretaro highway, which "is being modernized, and resurfaced with reinforced concrete, which will make it much more modern, safer and faster.”
  • Work is about to begin on the Circuito Interior-Indios Verdes-Santa Clara Viaduct, which “will also permit much faster connectivity in the north of Mexico City”.

In the south:

  • The Chalco-Cuautla highway, fully completed and
  • The Second Floor Interconnection to the Tlalpan Tollbooth, inaugurated today.

In the east:

  • The expansion of the Mexico-Puebla highway has already been inaugurated.
  • The Peñón-Texcoco toll-free road is under construction.
  • Work is about to begin on the Avenida 602 Viaduct, near the New Mexico City International Airport.

To the west:

  • The La Marquesa-Toluca highway between two large metropolitan areas: Mexico City and Toluca Valley, is already fully operational.
  • Also underway is the Atizapan-Atlacomulco highway, “A major logistics hub linking Mexico City to the west of the country, Guadalajara and Morelia, and the north of the country”.
  • Work on the Chamapa-La Venta Viaduct linking up with the Mexico-Toluca highway is slated to begin soon.

The president declared that his government, “Has devoted major efforts to infrastructure throughout development throughout the country: 28 of the 52 highways promised have already been completed.”

“We have been modernizing the road network throughout the country. And in the center of the country, particularly the capital city and its metropolitan area, we are making significant efforts to modernize, expand and build new highways, roads and avenues that will make the traffic flow much more comfortable, safer and faster,” he said.

President Peña Nieto said that the public work inaugurated today reflected, “The government’s commitment to continuing to develop infrastructure that will boost the country’s competitiveness, and above all, provide greater prosperity for Mexican families, by improving their quality of life through a better infrastructure through which they can travel much more safely and quickly”.

He added that another significant benefit is competitiveness, “Because a country with good road links and good infrastructure becomes a magnet for attracting investment to help create more jobs, such as those that are already being created in our country”.

He added that a third element is, “The coordination of efforts between various orders of government. Beyond the party affiliation of those in government, it is clear that the relationship between the federal and Mexico City governments, like the one we have with other governments, involves coordination and prioritizing efforts to achieve publics works that will genuinely benefit Mexican society in various parts of the country”.

The president said that, “There has been no shortage of people trying to stir up controversy as regards relations between the two governments”. He said there is, “A very good relationship and very good coordination" between the two orders of government.

He explained that during the recently announced budget cuts for next year, officials from both governments, “Fully discussed the implications of the world financial situation”.

"We have all had to tighten our belts and all governments have been forced to adjust spending, because the country’s revenue has decreased as a result of today’s low oil prices, in addition to the enormous financial volatility in the international sphere,” he said.

He noted that, “All governments have responsibly assumed this requirement, including the federal government and the other orders of government, which has obliged us to discuss how we can adjust spending for 2017 in view of these constraints”.

He expressed his gratitude for the openness and willingness shown by the government of Mexico City, and other governments, “With whom we have established a willingness to close ranks both to preserve the economic stability of our country, and to ensure we continue to work for a better nation”.

MEXICO CITY HAS NEEDED THIS PUBLIC WORK FOR A LONG TIME: MIGUEL ÁNGEL MANCERA

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa said that, “Today we must recognize that an important job has been done. Today we must acknowledge that coordination efforts have yielded substantial results. Mexico City has been calling for this public work, formally inaugurated today, for a long time.

Mancera Espinosa said that, “This will reduce traveling times by between 30 and 40 minutes, departure times, and of course, there will be substantial benefits for those driving into the city. He explained that for thousands of users this is excellent news. "We estimate that levels of use will double now that access is available in the Viaducto-Tlalpan area”.

The mayor thanked the president for this, "Good news for Mexico City. We have just proved that this is a high quality work, which I am sure will also provide enormous benefits”.

THE INTERCONNECTION PROVIDED BY THE SECOND FLOOR TO TLALPAN IS A SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE WORK FOR THE MEXICO CITY METROPOLITAN AREA: SCT

Secretary of Communications and Transport Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that Mexico City’s Second Floor Interconnection is a major infrastructure project for Mexico City and its Metropolitan Area. He said that this major road link is part of the 12 strategic accesses the government is modernizing and expanding in the Valley of Mexico Metropolitan Area.

Ruiz Esparza said that it was completed through a 2.5 billion peso investment, “creating a total of 1,400 direct and indirect jobs." The road link, he said, “Solves a longstanding problem for Mexico City residents: the traffic jams at the entrance to and exit from Mexico City to Cuernavaca”.

He added that the work also helps ease traffic congestion in the south of the Valley of Mexico, “Which will encourage Mexico City residents to travel once again, at weekends and on holidays, to Cuernavaca, Tequesquitengo, even Acapulco and other tourist destinations, most often”.

He thanked the Mexico City mayor for his effective coordination of this public work and for many more, “Which has allowed us to work on these strategic road connectivity works”.