Despite earlier claims that the Durango-Mazatlán highway would be completed before the end of this year, government officials have now confirmed that the highway will not be finished, and will not open, until sometime in 2013.
There is still no date for the official opening of the new Mazatlán-Durango highway, but it is now certain that it will not enter service until early 2013, according to press reports. The eastern part of the highway (in Durango state) is expected to be completed before the end of this year. However, it will be impossible to bring this section into use until the western part of the highway (in Sinaloa state) is completed, because the route of the new highway is very different to the existing highway and it would be too expensive to connect the two.
The section of the highway in Sinaloa is reported to be still missing key pieces, including an important bridge.
Update: New Durango-Mazatlán highway officially open(Oct 2013)
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- The likely economic impact of the new Mazatlán to Durango highway in Mexico (7 September 2010)
- New highway in Mexico joins Durango and Mazatlán (24 March 2010)