Although Mazatlán’s bypass road, Libramiento Mazatlán, has been open to traffic since December 19 last year, it was closed to vehicles three days ago in anticipation of the arrival of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tomorrow to inaugurate the toll road.
The President was slated to open the road in November but cancelled a few days before the planned event in the middle of a political crisis surrounding his wife´s purchase of a house dubbed the “Casa Blanca” from a construction company with ties to the Presidential administration.
The road closure affected vehicle traffic as drivers entering Villa Unión were re-routed to the International highway to connect with Libramiento Colosio to continue north of Mazatlán. Media stated all traffic lights on Libramiento Mazatlán were covered in black plastic bags and confusion reigned at the glorieta to enter Mazatlán as a result of inadequate direction signs.
Accesses to the bypass road are blocked and convoys of army trucks were observed patrolling the road.
The President is scheduled to inaugurate Libramiento Mazatlán tomorrow morning at approximately 11:30am after which the road will re-open.