The consolidation of infrastructure works in Mexico

The Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT) is making headway in the construction of a modern Mexico. With the addition of initiatives and the joint efforts of all sectors, the country is being pushed forward and established as a high value-added global logistics platform that influences national and international markets.

The Federal Government is executing a program of highly ambitious works aimed at establishing a vital strategic connectivity that boosts the country’s growth and economic development. Infrastructure development impacts the economic momentum of Mexico, leveraging its privileged geographic position.

The government’s commitment is to consolidate infrastructure as an effective lever to spur national development, which is a necessary step on the way to transformation. Data from the SCT indicate that from 2013 to 2018 private investment will climb to more than 800 billion pesos o clinch infrastructure projects or finish those already started.

On land, on the coasts, in the skies and even in space, Mexico is flying into the future with a number of infrastructure works that will bring about enhanced social integration and improved living conditions.

The addition of kilometers to the network of highways, major roads, bridges and rural roads across the country and the development of airspace projects with the building of new airports or putting satellites in orbit, will be common goals. Furthermore, the movement of cargo in ports and providing Wi-Fi connectivity in public places nationwide leads to more and better services.

The SCT has identified more than 1,500 strategic infrastructure projects to develop in the 2,440 municipalities around the country. Infrastructure projects are already underway in more than 70% of Mexico’s municipalities, among them the construction of 46 new highways and 90 major roads. This represents more than half of what has been achieved in the history of the country, with the development of more than 3,000 kilometers of roadways, as well as the launching of eight railroad lines, three of which will be high speed.

The National Infrastructure Program 2014-2018 being developed in the country is the most ambitious project in the history of Mexico. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has so far completed nine highways, 12 major roads, 1,467 rural roads and service roads.

These infrastructure works amount to 19,269 kilometers that will enrich the national road network. They involve an investment of close to 106 billion pesos and will generate more than 600,000 jobs. Among the infrastructure works that have been developed are:

• Mexico-Tuxpan Corridor.The current administration finished this road 20 years after it was started. It crosses the Sierra Norte of Puebla reducing road time to 2 hours 45 minutes. With these new roads, the port of Tuxpan has become the closest port to the center of the country.
• Caborca-Sonoyta Highway.With the modernization and expansion of traffic lanes, this road crosses the desert of Altar. It is the only road that connects to the northwest of the country.
• Jerez-Tlaltenango Highway.This road is in Zacatecas and communicates the north with central Mexico connecting with the Torreón-Guadalajara road.
• Texcoco-Calpulalpan Highway.Communicates the center of the country with the Gulf of Mexico making it easier to get around and increasing road safety for users.
• La Laguna Northern Bypass. Communicates strategically with the country’s northern border. This road has increased the region’s communication and boosted productivity.
• Palenque Airport. Modern terminal with the capacity to receive 300 thousand passengers a year.
• Lázaro Cárdenas Port. A new container terminal has been modernized and equipped to increase its cargo capacity by 50%.
• Resurfacing Works in Cancún, Quintana Roo. Around 75 kilometers of 109 streets were resurfaced in order to boost tourism in Cancún, Quintana Roo. An additional 300 kilometers of farm roads have been built to support the region’s inhabitants.

In addition to these works currently in the process of completion, the new International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) will be built; the emblematic work of the federal government will be a symbol of identity and reference in the 21st century. This project is vital to the country, and once in operation will move 120 million passengers a year, with the consequent economic spillover.

Another great project to move Mexico is the recovery of passenger trains to transport millions of people. Particularly important in this respect are the Mexico-Toluca (Estado de México) and Mexico-Querétaro railroad lines and the electric train linking Guadalajara, Jalisco and the Metro of Monterrey, Nuevo León.

Furthermore, there is the commitment to provide Wi-Fi connectivity in 250,000 public sites including schools, hospitals, libraries, cultural buildings and others, to bring technology and information into all corners of the country. The goal for 2014 has already been surpassed with 65,000 sites connected.

These actions support the nation’s growth and competitiveness by invigorating all commercial activities. Thanks to the constitutional reforms pushed by this administration, Mexico has huge growth opportunities. Continuing with the investment program and carrying out the infrastructure works will bolster the country’s economic activity and development. The commitment is to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Thus, in today’s Mexico, the far-sighted works of the SCT converge to unite horizons and shape the destiny of millions of Mexicans.