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Guadalajara-PV Shortcut Nears Completion After Decade of Delays

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – After over a decade of construction plagued by delays, landslides, and environmental hurdles, the long-awaited shortcut connecting Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is finally inching towards completion.

The final stretches, a 31-kilometer section bypassing the treacherous Compostela-Las Varas mountain pass, and a 32.2 kilometer section linking the San Vicente Interchange directly to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, are slated to open in April 2024. However, be prepared to pay, as these newly opened segments are toll roads.

For budget-conscious travelers, the scenic (and free) alternative remains: Federal Highway 200. Although slower, it bypasses the toll booths and winds through charming towns like Tala, Buenavista, and Mascota.

A Decade of Roadblocks

The project started in 2012 with the ambitious goal of a direct, quick connection between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. However, progress was often stalled by landslides, land acquisition negotiations, and environmental concerns. The first 54-kilometer section, stretching from Jala to Compostela, opened in 2018, but not without experiencing its own share of delays.

Despite the frustrations, the past year has seen significant progress. In December 2022, the El Capomo-La Florida route opened, followed by the Entronque La Florida-Entronque La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in April 2023. These sections collectively saved travelers a total of 55 minutes and unlocked access to popular tourist destinations.

The Final Lap

With the last two stretches nearing completion, the dream of a swift and direct Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta connection is finally within reach. However, the convenience comes at a cost, as the new sections are tolled.

For those seeking a slower, more budget-friendly option, the free highway remains a viable choice. Whether you choose speed and convenience or prefer the scenic route, one thing is certain: the long-awaited Vallarta shortcut is finally on the horizon.

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