An earthquake destroyed the road [in 2013] and closed it for a year.
  • An earthquake destroyed the road [in 2013] and closed it for a year.
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“It was a lot of traffic [and] I got stuck [for] like two hours there,” said Luis A. Corona, a 24-year-old college student from Ensenada.

Many grew impatient and honked their horns and yelled profanities.

Many grew impatient and honked their horns and yelled profanities.

He was referring to the traffic that stopped on the third section south of the Tijuana-Ensenada toll road on Father’s Day. Two portions of the double laned areas were merged into single two-way lanes on the toll-road that overlooks Salsipuedes Bay.

El Vigia reported in April signs of landslide problems in the Salsipuedes area.

El Vigia reported in April signs of landslide problems in the Salsipuedes area.

“I think they are in construction because of the geological problems in that specific area,” Corona said, “and the road is always damaged because of the earth issues, and the government of Mexico has to always fix that area.”

Rob, a foodie from the U.S., visits Ensenada on a regular basis. He agreed with Corona. “It’s a fault line and an earthquake destroyed the road [in 2013] and closed it for a year,” he said, “this [road-repair] happens often.”

“The seafood at El Mercado Negro is worth the wait.”

“The seafood at El Mercado Negro is worth the wait.”

Over the weekend, many families took their fathers or husbands down south to dine at the Festival del Taco y la Cerveza Ensenada, or one of the many food spots around town.

Because of the construction, many grew impatient and honked their horns and yelled profanities. Some drivers that tried to go around the stopped traffic were blocked by boulders sitting on the sides of the pavement.

Bea, a high-school administrator, was super-chill.

“Even after paying the $12 and change for the tolls (both ways), and about $20 in gas,” Bea said, “food and drinks for mi familia, plus the travel-expenses; is still cheaper.” She and her family waited an additional hour for the heavy machinery on the cuota (toll) roads, “the seafood here is worth the wait.”

They feasted at the El Mercado Negro de Ensenada, where one can choose from the variety of freshly caught fish or shellfish, and have one of the many cooks cook it anyway which way one wants. “Fried, steamed, sauteed or grilled ... it’s like a mongolian bbq-landia – but with mariscos (seafood).”

Bea’s husband said that he saw something in El Vigia regarding the construction. In April, it reported that there are signs of landslide problems in the Salsipuedes area and that 2 billion pesos has been invested to fix some of the roads.

“If the construction will stop the landslides and protect the [toll] roads from cracking,” Bea said, “I’m all for it – I don’t like the libre (free) roads.”

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Visduh June 23, 2017 @ 7:16 a.m.

As we are frequently reminded in Big Sur, there are places where a road or highway should never be built. This most recent huge slide that has Highway 1 closed was an area that was basically a permanent landslide. Cut a highway across its face, and that highway will slide away the next time the slide slides.

So, is this area on the toll highway one of those areas? With the history of it being blocked due to the fault line and landslides, it sure seems that way. That's an interesting piece of road, and I remember riding on it in the 70's when it was quite new. (The toll wasn't anything like $12 back then.)

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