“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.
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.
“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.”
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.”