Saturday, November 21, 2009
Filler' Up please.
We start with the beach for a week, then the newly repaved roads.
It is amazing that in Mexico they are always working on the roads. The Autopistas (toll roads) are in pretty decent shape, much better than north of the border.
Arizona, although cash strapped has a great highway and freeway system. During our last visit to Tucson and Phoenix, I commented to my wife the spotless condition of the interchanges, no garbage, graffiti or overgrown anything.
Meanwhile in my old native California, the roads are full of pot holes, graffiti adorns any vacant space of concrete and garbage is found anywhere your eyeball happens to rest.
Certain not as bad as many parts of Mexico, but still the contrast between California and Arizona are worth noting.
I wonder why?
In Mexico we have passed many new overpass projects which have been and are continually updated and remodeled. Look at Morelia for example. In the 15 or so years, they have redone the periferico and continue to add and work on it. They have improved the highway to the airport, they are currently redoing the road outside of Morelia which goes to Salimanca, and spend considerable time improving roads.
Look at Patzcuaro, the periferico which was once a bumpy horrible treck around town, now sports a 6 lane boulevard with stoplights and eliminated the topes, (well most of them) that added time and reduced your shock absorbers to useless hunks of metal.
The roads are certainly not pothole free, but they are extremely decent comparing to 10 years ago , and certain states up north. I don't hold too much hope for decent freeway maintenance in the states....Seems they have better places to spend money on...
that's another story!