cookj5 Posted November 19, 2017 Report Share Posted November 19, 2017 The new Macrolibramiento Guadalajara has just opened from between where it meets the Chapala-Guadalajara Carretera (Highway 23), just north of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, to the #15d Cuota, a few miles east of Tequila. This is the other half of the new bypass around Guadalajara. The section that takes you from the Carretera north of Ixtlahuacan to Zapotlanejo (where it meets the #80d cuota) has been open for a couple of years now. The new cuota is wide, smooth, and high speed (110 kph) with the only stops being the two casetas de cobra (toll booths). There is almost no traffic. When we tried it out this afternoon, we didn't see more than a dozen cars going either way. From Ajijic to the interchange with Cuota #15d, just a few miles east of Tequila, it took about 1 hour. We came back by the usual bypass route through Tala-Santa Cruz de las Flores-Jocotopec and it took 1 hour and 45 minutes. So the new route saves 45 minutes and the bother of stops, topes, and traffic. There are a couple of downsides, however. 1) The tolls are not cheap. The first booth, which you encounter a few miles in, costs $65 pesos. The second costs $162 pesos. If you were going to get on the #15 cuota to Tequila, it would cost an additional amount. 2) There is only one exit on the whole route. That takes you to the Guadalajara-Colima highway (#80), south of Santa Cruz de las Flores. There is no exit for Highway 70 at Tala. So if you are going anywhere other than Highway 80 or Tequila/Magdalena, you are presently out of luck. I don't know if they plan to add more exits later. There are also no services anywhere along the way, at present, so if you try this route, make sure you have enough gas. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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