Full Access Remains & Ensenada Events Continue As Usual
ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA (December 28, 2013) - . The State Government of Baja California, through the Ministry of Tourism (SECTURE), has designated alternate routes following the closure of a collapsed portion of the Tijuana-to-Ensenada Scenic Road.
The collapsed section of the Scenic Road sits on a geologic fault, said Baja Assistant Secretary of Tourism Ives Lelevier. It is at KM93, approximately 15 miles south of La Mision, and about 30 miles south of Rosarito Beach. It had been scheduled for temporary closure.
Mr. Lelevier said further study is being done to determine more about the cause of the collapse, as well the time needed before the road can be safely reopened.
The Scenic Road, for which tolls are charged, opened in 1967 and carries four million vehicles annually, It is the main route used between Tijuana and Ensenada by tourists, residents, businessmen and others, although an alternative Free Road is available.
“We hope the reopening can be done reasonably quickly, once all safety concerns are met.” Mr. Lelevier said.
In the meantime, events in Ensenada continue as usual. Signage and traffic direction are being put in place so that alternate routes, some near Baja’s Guadalupe Valley wine country, can easily be used.
Motorists traveling south to north, from Ensenada to Tijuana, will need to take the Free Highway and then enter the Scenic Road at La Mision, or simply continue on the free road to Tijuana.
Motorists going north to south, from Tijuana to Ensenada, need to leave the Scenic Road at the same spot, and take the free road to Ensenada, through the town of El Tigre.
Another alternative is to use the federal Highway 3, Tecate - Ensenada, or take the road Ensenada - San Felipe to travel to Mexicali.
“The picturesque roads will be well marked and assigned additional resources, but we will be working aggressively to reopen the Scenic Road section now closed to minimize any inconvenience.” Mr. Lelevier said.
Baja State Tourism asks that motorists follow the new signs and directions of traffic support staff, who are working in the area of diversion in order to expedite the maximum circulation.
Since the closed section is 30 miles south of Rosarito Beach (or about 55 miles South of the border), this does not affect Toll Road travel from the U.S. Border to Rosarito Beach and back.
Also, traffic from Rosarito Beach to Puerto Nuevo via the Toll or Free Roads is completely open, as well as the Free Road route to the Guadalupe Wine Valley.
For relevant tourism information in Ensenada, as well as the rest of the state of Baja California, the Ministry of Tourism has a number for Visitor Assistance and Attention: 078 that can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From the United States, the phone number to call is 1-866 978 7273 Further information also will be posted on www.discoverbajacalifornia.com
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