Re: Morelia Road

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Escrito por MCD desde ( el día viernes, 16 de septiembre, 2005 a las 09:55:05 horas :

En respuesta a: Morelia Road escrito por Lee in Regina desde ( el día martes, 13 de septiembre, 2005 a las 18:33:51 horas :

We've been traveling back and forth to Zihua on this road for years and have watched its construction progress. Long ago, you would drive through Uruapan and down the windy and slow two lane road through the mountains to Lazaro Cardenas, through Nueva Italia and several other villages.

Now, you take the divided highway (I believe route #14) from Morelia toward Patzcuaro and Uruapan. After the exit for Patzcuaro and before Uruapan there is a right hand exit labeled Nueva Italia but you can't read the route number on the sign. This is the north entrance onto the new southbound Cuota/Autopista.

This is a wide, two lane road that is fast and has paved shoulders so that people can move over onto the shoulders at high speed to allow passing. There are several toll plazas where you may find bathrooms, etc.

A couple of years ago, a bridge on part of the southern section near the big reservoir was damaged. This was fixed during the winter of 2004-2005 and the last section of road has since been completed.

The new cuota road ends at route 200 near the small town of La Union (between Lazaro Cardenas and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo). From this intersection, it is about 60KM / 35 miles south on route 200 to Ixtapa, then another 5 miles or so to Zihuatanejo. Traveling on route 200, you may notice some construction underway which is aimed at improving route 200 and making it into a cuota route between Lazaro Cardenas and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

As of March '05, there were no completed PEMEX stations between (going southbound out of Morelia) the last PEMEX station located about 25KM SW of Morelia on route 14 until you get to the PEMEX station located near the north entrance to Ixtapa on route 200. However, you could exit the autopista at Nueva Italia, go 5KM into town, and get gas there. Plus they were well on their way to completing a new PEMEX station right on the cuota road. I don't know if this new PEMEX station has been finished yet.

In Mexico, you can purchase at Commercial Mexicana, etc. a road atlas = "Gran Atlas de Carreteras" published by Guia Roji. Maps in this atlas that we bought last winter in Zihua showed the then-current completion status of the cuota route on both the Michoacan and Guerrero maps.

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