Tijuana-Ensenada scenic road collapses

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  1. Baja Bytes BD Writer


    ENSENADA — Days after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck south of Ensenada, the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road has collapsed toward the sea and threatens on continuing to sink, although no injuries where reported.
    The scenic road had already seen evidence of fractures and sinking since Dec. 19, the day of the earthquake, with many travelers posting pictures on social media of the increasingly critical situation of the highway. However, no official confirmation from geologist or road engineers have confirmed the collapse is due completely to the earthquake, with only the state government saying that "natural causes" were to blame.
    This morning, the small fractures suddenly turned into enormous cracks on the cliffside, plunging the highway deeper and toward the sea, with some parts caving almost 300 feet.
    The collapse happened at the Salsipuedes stretch of highway towards Ensenada overlooking steep bluffs, only about 10 miles north of Ensenada and the San Miguel toll booth, and 56 miles south of the border.
    Authorities will now close the highway from the La Misión toll to the San Miguel toll, forcing travelers to take the old non-toll road from La Misión to Ensenada, a alternate route of about 30 miles (although, not much difference in total travel time and goes through the countryside).
    Also, the Baja state government advises travelers to take Federal Road 3 if they are heading out from Tecate toward Ensenada, or use the old Ensenada - San Felipe road for trips from Mexicali to Ensenada, or viceversa.
    There are conflicting accounts about just how long the highway remain closed. Frontera reports that Rosa María Castañeda, regional director of the Federal Roads and Bridges agency responsible for the highway has said that it might only take a week until the road reopens once again. Other reports put the total time needed for such repairs at one year.
    State Civil Protection director Antonio Rosquillas said early Saturday morning that the collapse began to worsen around 2:30 a.m.
    Meanwhile, the mayor of Ensenada, Gilberto Hirata, has blamed Capufe for not closing the highway stretch between La Misión and Ensenada earlier, even after reports of serious faults started to appear on social media and at the urging of state officials.
    He also stated that they were already in talks with federal and state authorities about constructing an alternate road or replacing the highway altogether with a bridge or another road after years of trouble with the current scenic route.
    The collapse would be devastating for the city of Ensenada and to the overall economy of the state, as the city is home to the third busiest cruise ship terminal in Mexico and gateway to the rest of Baja by sea.

  2. poncherello

    It was only a matter of time. I've been down to Ensenada quite a few times this past summer and that stretch of road was always being worked on. It was always being patched up. Every time I drove that stretch, it was different bump here and there. One time it felt as if there was a huge speed bump in the middle of the freeway.

    I hope no one was injured as its a long way down. I hope its fixed properly this time around.
  3. abdiver7777

    I think we need to start a pool based on reopening......

    I'm betting it'll take them until 4th of July........
  4. Bottom Line

    That stretch of road has repeatedly failed since it was first constructed.
  5. jimstortuga

    4th of July 2016

    Are they faster than caltrans? It would take caltrans 5-7 years to fix that!
  7. MikeyLikesIt

    Well, crap. Heading down to SQ middle of January. Caravan of 3 boats.

    Looks like we'll be using the Tecate crossing for the way down too.....now.

    ah, yes....its always an adventure. :D
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  8. Baja Bytes BD Writer

    Road update, I drove down to Erendira Friday night ( apparently about 5-6 hours before the collapsed). The 2 bridges are still under construction near Santo Thomas but it apparently hasn't rained lately and the detours were short and easy, no 4X4 necessary. As for the toll road detour, I opted to take HWY 3 from Ensenada to Tecate and the road was very good with not much traffic. The border crossing took 55 minutes. Another vehicle took the detour on the free road and said it wasn't bad at all. Their border crossing took 1 hour, 40 minutes so all said and done it worked out about the same. Keep in mind that this was this morning so not sure if the holidays and or the recent hype may have affected travel but it seemed like our typical media over hyping things south of the border. Safe travels.
    Chris Wheaton


  9. Sherm

    Isn't that spot of road just Southof where someone is trying to sell plots of land to build houses? The spot with all those locking brick walls is where I am thinking of.
  10. bmachale

    Nothing gets fixed right in Mexico