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The highway leading from Puerto Peñasco south toward Mayan Palace and Caborca has been in dastardly condition for some time. Though officially a State highway (State #37), and therefore falling under the responsibility of State funds, the highway has slowly but surely deteriorated particularly in the past few years. In recent months the municipal government has stepped up efforts to fill in potholes along the road while pursuing additional efforts to address road safety needs.
As the busy summer season began, in early July the City put $600,000 pesos into addressing potholes along the stretch of State Highway #37 from Mayan Palace south to where the municipal territory ends. Mayor Gerardo Figueroa Zazueta indicated a delegation from the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) would also be investing 21 million pesos to repair the stretch from the entrance to Mayan Palace (and Mar de Cortés International Airport) north to the intersection near the entrance to Las Conchas.
There are also indications the Mayor-elect Ernesto “Kiko” Munro is taking steps to ensure this problem is properly dealt with as he has already met with the State Secretary of Infrastructure and Urban Development (SIDUR).
The Caborca-Puerto Peñasco State Highway is used by thousands of tourists, particularly during the Spring Semana Santa period as well as the busy summer months. The road has been a cause for concern, particularly following reports of numerous damaged tires and traffic incidents.