Moving The Fourlane Back On The Agenda

We first brought you this news 16 months ago, but at that time you were not paying attention. Please pay attention this time, we can’t keep catching you up
BY: DAVID FLORES

In the March 10, 2014 issue of the Gringo Gazette, we  presented an article on the plan to move 7/10s of a mile of the corridor, othewise known as the fourlane. That seemed to be a yawner for a lot of you, but now the story of the slippery road is on the front burner again because the proponents of the move are inching ahead with it. Or trying to.

The yellow line is the current fourlane, the green line is the proposed walking/bicycling promenade, and the red line is the route the developers would like the fourlane to ultimately be. Now that the local Mexican press has finally picked up the story and is running with it, we’re being asked if we know anything about this. Hellloooooo.... We scooped everyone on this by so many months that everyone’s forgotten about our scoop.

We are re-running the original story here for all you who napped through it, and after that we will explain the latest information on the subject. First the original story:

Fourlane on the move

They can’t just pick up a four lane hwy, can they? Oh yeah, they did it before, of course they can.

By David Flores (Published March 10, 2014, Vol. 19 Ed. 14)

The Mexican secretariat of communications and transport (SCT) has released a bulletin announcing the “modernization” of 0.7 miles of the fourlane that runs between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose. The area to be “modernized” runs from Chileno Bay to Palmilla.

The current fourlane will be redeployed nearly three miles up into the mountains, where it will connect with the soon to be open San Jose to Cabo San Lucas road. Oh come on, we’ve been telling you about that for years now. It seems out of sight, out of mind with you. A new road has been under construction for the past couple of years, paralleling the fourlane. It runs from the toll road to the airport, 19 miles all the way to highway 1, more familiarly known as the road to Todos Santos. This road is finished, and driveable, but not open to the public yet. We drove it, it’s cool. This new road is particularly handy to the Cabo San Lucas airport up behind Cabo San Lucas, and it will serve as access to all those developments on the upside of the fourlane along the corridor. No doubt they will be quick to build fancy entrances to make those back doors their new front doors.

If you squint at this pretty lousy map, you can see this newly announced stretch of highway will feature five new overpasses on the part that will go down towards the beach and the hotels Dreams, Melia Cabo Real, Casa del Mar, Ventanas, Meliá Cabo Real, Hilton and Secrets Cabo Real. All these are owned by Grupo Questro, the developers of the Cabo Real area and the San Jose marina. It’s no secret that whip smart Eduardo Sanchez Navarro has wanted this new highway for many years. He knows how to make his developments attractive to foreigners.

Although the date for ground breaking was not revealed, the bulletin states that it will be finished 18 months after whenever it starts. When asked about this major change, Mayor Tony Agundez said, “Huh? What? Who? Where? I don’t know anything about this.” Well, we paraphrase, but he was pretty clueless that one of his roads was on the move.

The SCT news release is trying to pretty this project up by pointing out that at least eight dangerous crossroads as well as access roads will be eliminated, saving lives and limbs. But that’s not for sure. In fact, nobody  involved is saying if the road is actually moving or if this new road is in addition to the old road. Are they going to tear up the asphalt on the current .7 miles of road? It would seem that road will become private, the property of Cabo Real who’s land it bisects, but that would be out of character for Sanchez Navaro to allow that, he will almost certainly want to build more residential units on it without the buzz buzz of highway traffic, well, buzzing through.

There is very little information forthcoming from the government agency that teased us with a little information and a crappy quality map and all the local papers, (including this one), are interviewing everyone who might know something about it; from architect and engineering associations, the mayor, urban planning, and nobody has reliable information. And yes, there are rules in place that govern this; public notices, wait periods, periods for public reaction, all of that. It’s just that those rules are often not observed, and something like this can just be bulldozed through with manageble consequences.

Further, the SCT honcho in La Paz doesn’t talk to the press. In all the bru ha ha over the Botts dots, he only poked his head out of his fox hole once, and even then he wasn’t very forthcoming.

OK, that was the original story, now here is the update on your left. ,