Durango - Mazatlán Highway

Durango - Mazatlán Highway

FCC Construcción has constructed the 17.9-kilometre section III for the second stage in the construction of the Mazatlán-Durango motorway that joins the Mexican Pacific to the centre and north of the country and the Gulf of Mexico.

The construction of this motorway is one of the biggest public works in Mexico over the last few years and it is one of the largest and most costly highway infrastructure projects because it crosses the Sierra Madre Occidental. It is 230 kilometres long and includes 63 tunnels, 115 structures and a bridge over the River Baluarte.

The two-lane section constructed by FCC from kp 168.400 to kp 186.300 includes the construction of sixteen tunnels and fifteen bridges.

Among the singular works is the Sinaloense Tunnel located in the State of Sinaloa, which is the most significant because of its magnitude and complexity of the Durango Mazatlán motorway. At 2,794 metres long, it is the second largest in the country.

This tunnel has started a new generation of tunnels in Mexico with equipment that includes a lighting system, communications (SOS telephone, public address, CCTV), ventilation (reversible fans, gas detectors, temperature sensor cable), fire-fighting (hydrants, extinguishers and pumping system), indications (electronic board, traffic lights, emergency exits and cat's eyes) and systems (fibre-optics conduit).

This new section of the highway means a saving of three hours and thirty minutes.


Remarkable aspects

  • The construction of the most important public works in Mexico over the last few years.
  • This highway is 230 kilometres long and includes 63 tunnels, 115 structures and a bridge over the River Baluarte.

Cost: 136.0 M€

Client: Secretariat for Communications and Transport in Mexico

Start date: 2008

End date: 2012