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[*] posted on 3-30-2018 at 02:45 PM
Mx5 work & update


From San Felipe - Spent the day (3/29) at Gonzaga and found the hwy is worse going south than north. Potholes abound. No repair noticed.

Meanwhile starting at Cow Paddy going north a construction company has made the typical bypass road when a new road is going to be built. At Cow Paddy its is on the west side and then it switches over to the east side for several KMs. The construction crew was off for the day and all the equipment was behind a fenced lot.

Btw, The holiday traffic was huge with people heading south. Beaches at Rancho Grande was packed with tents stacked very close all along the beach.
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[*] posted on 3-30-2018 at 03:13 PM


Hi Paul, so you are speaking of the older/ narrow Puertecitos highway, going north from Cow Patty's to Matomí Wash? Does it seem to be just a re-surfacing job or does it look like new style highway construction, if you could tell? Interesting they don't work from San Felipe south if it is a new highway (which will remain inland as the old road had, through or nearer to the sulfur mine).



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[*] posted on 3-30-2018 at 03:44 PM


Some of my specualtion
As you know the old-old Puerticitos road intersects the present Hwy 5 at/close to Matomi.
The new effort does go north from Cowpaddy, but not near Matomi so far.
At the area being discussed there are no parallel tracks that I know of, just Hwy 5 with fencing. Scraped area is between pavement and fence.
Note that if this part of Hwy 5 is under the jurisdiction of Ensenada not Mexicali like it it from San Felipe going south to the point of the mountain.

Agree the local speculation is a new Hwy 5 will follow OPR south from San Felipe. I doubt it will take the leg of Old-OPR that goes on the plateau and enters Matomi about 5 miles west of KM60?? But then I cannot imagine a new state of the art road that would not pass Matomi without a huge bridge. So maybe old-OPR make sense?? A bridge where old-OPR enters Matomi would be more narrow than further east where Hwy5 is now located.

For reference: Cowpaddy is at Km73. Matomi is Km60. Existing OPR intersects Hwy 5 at Km52.5

To confuse me even more that part of Hwy5 does not to have the horrible potholes like near Matomi. Cannot tell what is intended. Maybe just resurface, but I have not seen dirt bypass for resurface - just for new style rebuild. Just a wild guess.
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[*] posted on 4-20-2018 at 09:58 AM


Todays report not by me.
Subject work - Bypass road is now graded and ready for traffic. Details on how far is missing. Equipment yard has more stuff.
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[*] posted on 4-21-2018 at 09:26 AM


This is an excerpt from our recent travels for April 19-20.

It was really good to be prepared for the worst... 'cause it didn't turn out half-bad. It was less than 4 hours to Guerrero Negro, then the pot holes began. Most of them were filled, but NOT ALL! It was somewhere north of the turn-off to Rosalillito that I found myself patting the steering wheel and murmuring "sorry, van," <thump> "sorry, van." Things improved after Punta Prieta. The road deteriorated a bit before Laguna Chapala. We turned onto the dirt road for MEX-5. We took this road 25 years ago and have avoided it ever since. Wasn't as bad as I remembered. I remember it to be dusty and washboard. But, what is this new paved road paralleling our trail?? It went about 5 miles and then became just road bed for another mile or so before it vanished. But it did reappear. We got on and off it at times and it became confusing as to when we should or shouldn't be on it. We crossed a new bridge named something (Assturas?) V. When we got to bridge IV, we stayed on the new road bed, which turned out to be a slight mistake because the bridge was blocked off and we had to snake down a steep winding trail back to the old road. Once again we were alternating between new and old road and got to the established road on segments of paved road. It took us probably a little over an hour to cover the 23 miles. Now on to Punta Bufeo. We left Posada Concepcion about 07:50 MDT and arrived at Bufeo at 14:30 PDT, so 7 hours 40 minutes that day. Punta Bufeo is a community bounded by the Sea of Cortez and an airstrip. Just homes and our hotel. Nothing for us to do, except walk the beach and the runway. It apparently draws a big fishing crowd. With all the distant islands, the views were beautiful. The hotel ($600 MXN) runs power via generator, which it uses only in the summer. We had DC lights in our room for the dark hours, but nothing else, just shower, toilet and bed. However, the manager did show up punctually the next morning at 06:30 with a pot of coffee!

The next day began with 40 minutes of wonderful highway, then we returned to the old road, which was potholed and "groovy." We made San Felipe in 2 hours and then up to MEX-2D after 2 hours 10 minutes more. The Rumarosa always brings back memories of when we came down the Cantu Grade on our bicycles in 1990. We kind of groofed by not getting back on MEX-2D, but the "libre" had little traffic, so not such a big deal. Finding the border crossing in Tecate wasn't difficult. We joined the queue of about two dozen cars at 12:45 and were across at exactly 13:00. YIPPIE!

The whole journey was 636 miles in less than 14 hours. When MEX-5 is completely paved, it will definitely be an option. One side of me thinks, "Couldn't we have avoided the dirt road one more time?" but the other side says, "It was good to experience it one last time before it vanishes into the desert."
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[*] posted on 4-21-2018 at 10:00 AM


Thanks for that report.

'Las Arrastras' is the region north of Coco's Corner they are naming bridges after because the arroyo is so named by the Mexican topo maps. Historically, it is Arroyo San Francisquito to where it merges with Arroyo Santa María, near the gulf coast (a roadside rest stop and view area with a monument is at the Arroyo Santa María bridge, here still called 'Las Arrastras' by the highway sign makers).

More on the history of Las Arrastras (gold ore mills) located where the Coco's Corner bypass and older roads merge on the north end: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/las_arra...






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