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New Mexico-U.S. bypass along Texas border opened after 22 months of construction

Chihuahua, Mexico — Travelers along the U.S. – Mexico border are enjoying the newly constructed highway bypass. The new 32 kilometer long bypass along the Texas-Chihuahua border reduces travel time from one hour 20 minutes to 50 minutes.

The new Ciudad Juárez Highway bypass will serve more than 1.5 million drivers reported the Secretary of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), Jorge Nuño Lara.

He says the 32-kilometer-long project will contribute to improving the transit of goods, thereby eliminating the transportation burden with the United States, Mexico’s main trading partner.

The new bypass will serve more than 1.5 million drivers. Photo: SICT December 19, 2023.

“Thanks to this collaboration with that of the Texas government, it was possible to carry out the project that will provide greater security to vehicle traffic.

“This is a great example in which two countries on a border are favorable on both the Mexican and the American side,” he said.

He says transportation from both Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, Texas, will benefit by avoiding cargo circulation through the cities. The bypass is useful for the industry, he said about the 22-month-long project.

Jorge Nuño Lara, seen here front center, tours the finished bypass project. Photo: SICT December 19, 2023.

The new road allows better connectivity by complementing the Mexico-Querétaro-Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua highway corridor and connecting quickly and safely to the Guadalupe/Tornillo International Bridge, he explained.

Nuño Lara was accompanied by the Undersecretary of Infrastructure, Jesús Felipe Verdugo López, who said that the federal government has given priority to modernizing Mexico’s border crossings.

The bypass reduces travel time from 1 hour 20 minutes to just 50 minutes. Photo: SICT December 19, 2023.

“We have 59 along the entire border with the United States and we have been modernizing some of them,” he said.