New highway linking Jala and Compostela opened

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The new 5-billion-peso (US $269 million) stretch of highway in Nayarit north of Puerto Vallarta that will help reduce the travel time between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta was opened February 13, 2018 in a special ceremony lead by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. This four-lane, 54-kilometer road runs between the municipalities of Jala and Compostela, reducing the journey between the two tourist destinations to about 30 minutes. An additional 14-kilometer stretch of road goes into the center of the second towns. The federal Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) estimates that more than 6,400 vehicles will use the new road on a daily basis and it will benefit 110,000 residents who live in the region.

Federal Transportation Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said that another new section of highway in Nayarit between Las Varas and Compostela is 90% complete and will open in July and that construction of the 90-kilometer Las Varas-Vallarta highway will start soon. Once these other new sections of highway in Nayarit have been completed, the travel time between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta will be reduced from about five hours to two and a half.

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