Scenic Road Fix Snafu

Face, abusive and unfinished work on Scenic

Unfinished toll road Tijuana-Ensenada prevails wasting resources on a play in doubt. “What we aim is to collect and spend the entire budget,” said a former employee ZETA. Worse, June 13 Free Ensenada-Tecate was reclassified as Category “D” and the heavy traffic that must now travel on the scenic not allowed

Face, abusive and unfinished work on Scenic
Juan Carlos Dominguez
Photos. Enrique Botello
July 28, 2015 at 21:07:24

The secrecy and wasted budget remains the norm in the rehabilitation of the collapsed section of the Tijuana-Ensenada Scenic Road, a year and a half of the accident, and six months after “reopened” but without concluding the road.

Secretary of Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, pledged to complete the work in April 2015.

Before the term expired and considering that the last official figure was provided the cost was higher than the billions of pesos, deputy Armando Reyes Ledezma, president of the Special Commission of the topic in the local Congress, demanded that the federal agency providing an actual report, a progress schedule, completion of the alternate leg and transparent investigation to the money invested.

“There have been many inconsistencies, the public has been given nothing but lies and deceptions about this great work,” said the official.

Are six critical points in a range of 7 kilometers, “and the only one who noticed was the sheer File For 300 meters, everything else is in trouble, not fixed anything,” he criticized the legislature.

Such points are recorded at Kilometer 98 in San Miguel, up to the gatehouse to Ensenada; 95, which starts in Saldamando and has a sink, where when driving Fords and slopes are noticed; 93, only repaired with “patches”; addition of 91 kilometers, 89 and 88, covering El Mirador and Salsipuedes.

Specialists in the field and settled in the area, has witnessed the mistakes one after another have made ​​companies Constructora Makro and TGC since the start of the works. For starters, spending a fortune on getting the water already infiltrated, instead of avoiding it to reach. After the construction of infiltration galleries on the opposite side, it ie the sea instead of the side of the hill; fill slopes with round stones, take materials into the sea when you can take advantage, install a monitoring network useless, they explained in detail ZETA .

Entry, in the opinion of the geologist George Von Son, the first thing was to have prevented the water to infiltrate and avoid “corrientillas”, blocking access and dry basins (those that do not flow into the sea, but remain on the ground ), following typographic analysis was not done: “If you have here the ground, and the water gets here, do not let it infiltrate, drain, and that is very easy, you look where to attack strategic points”.

On the contrary, what happened to the charge of work is an embankment, namely the filling of stone, “which was irrelevant because the water problem is not the road,” said Von Son. “Good thing fell or was thrown, because it would have killed someone.” In fact they killed a worker, if business and government hid.

The geologist explained that contrary to what people think, the road is not affected by the great San Andreas Fault in reality is very different local “failure” at various points, determined by variations in underground world. There clusters, then shale, conglomerates, sand. “It’s an incongruous terrain, then, it is difficult to diagnose and give a solution,” so he felt that there have been exaggerated and unnecessary studies at best can be determined with the basic observation. “Right now what may be a pipeline, transporting material, cover and out the other side, but not if you do not attack background …”.

You will be referred to a former employee of the work on costs, and responded cynically and playfully: ” N’ombre , if what is is to collect and spend the entire budget, plus the engineer-of MAKRO – it’s compadre (Enrique) Peña Nieto. “

To the latent danger of collapse in the rest of the critical points of the Scenic, it is the servicing of infiltration galleries and keep uncovered drains, which are not, according to experts consulted diagnosis.

“The drains that collect water are on the east side of the road-from the earth, pass under the road as lead, they are not piped into the sea, and that is causing all slopes that are among eroded road and sea. Summary: They are not attacking the problem of erosion, “he reiterated.

Another basic and much cheaper measure, but obviously do not want to apply, is bioengineering, such as planting native plants that require little watering and maintenance with pure rain, and channels can be made with the same machinery that bring; literally, waterproof and even redirect water to the Valley of Guadalupe, they suggest experts.

Apart from the “hot spots” of the road, badly behaved, pending the promised alternative would stretch the height of Salsipuedes to El Sauzal, a requirement that is being proposed again: “We want that gating or alternate road opens and not let pass the problem, because imagine, we get to spend again, the serious damage caused 15 deaths and 100 million dollars lost to Ensenada “insisted the deputy Reyes Ledezma, who raised the same urge the governor Francisco” Kiko “Vega de Lamadrid, who only replied:” God permits i “!.

 Coup de grace

Since June 13, 2015, the free Ensenada-Tecate was reclassified as Category “D”, which means heavy traffic for the same is not allowed.Now all that freight has begun to run on the Scenic Highway, raising the alert scholars and deputies Marco Antonio Novelo, who presented a warrant before Congress and directed the SCT, the governor, mayor and CEO Communications, for the measure to be canceled.

“The highway is built on loose sand, with slanted in favor of sea layers, should avoid factors that stability,” said Luis Mendoza Garcilazo, researcher researcher Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) .

The economic impact will be another problem, such as transport to be forced to run on the Tijuana-Ensenada highway, increase the costs of goods, further eroding the economy of Ensenada. The measure is interpreted more as a tax collection effort by federal roads and bridges to see strong revenue trailers leave the booths.

“It’s a fight!” Said geologist Von Son Jordi. He described the area of ​​the highway is apparently made with hard stone, but to very strong vibrations, it becomes clay, “crumbles, the clay takes the water and leaves behind holes … There is anger,” he said.

Without attention to trouble spots without clear information or accounts, and instead now with more factors that violate the road, the delegate of CAPUFE, Rosa Maria Castaneda and Alfonso parents, delegate of the SCT, from the start of work Repair have refused repeated, on occasion, to provide information to ZETA and other media. Even his official response to deputies and local officials was brief: they are complying and eventually perhaps inform a press conference.

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