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jrpierce


Sep 7, 2011, 9:01 PM

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Status of the Arco Norte?

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It has been a number of months since anyone posted information about the status of the Arco Norte (a highway that lets one bypass Mexico city). My wife and I will soon be driving from Morelia to Puebla and intend to use the Arco Norte. Does anyone know if it is now finished to Atlacomulco? And if not, what is the best way to access it when coming from Morelia?

Many thanks,

Jim



chinagringo


Sep 8, 2011, 5:49 AM

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Re: [jrpierce] Status of the Arco Norte?

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No personal experience but this site might help:

http://arconorte.com.mx:8080/
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Vichil

Sep 8, 2011, 5:51 AM

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It is open, we were told at the booth of the Arco Norte Pueblan Queretaro that it was open back in May.


jrpierce


Sep 8, 2011, 7:11 AM

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Thanks for the input you all. But has anyone actually driven it who can say where you enter it in relation to Atlacomulco, how it is signed, etc. ???

Jim


Vichil

Sep 8, 2011, 12:17 PM

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If no one else answer, I will get confirmation Saturday when my friends from Oaxaca return. I told them to go that way so I will hear if it was close.


Vichil

Sep 9, 2011, 7:47 AM

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Some other friends from Oaxaca came via Arco Norte Puebla Atlajomulco and confirmed it was opened. Cannot help you re instructions going the other way because their told their brother to go via Querretaro as it saves either time or money (not sure which but I will knowtomorrow) coming from Ajijic.

We will go that way in October as we want to spend a night in Tula, but by that time you will know too.


jrpierce


Sep 9, 2011, 10:10 AM

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Many thanks for your follow-up on this Vichil. That's good news. I'll get the details to share with everyone on this board when we go in a couple of weeks.

Jim


esperanza

Sep 9, 2011, 1:29 PM

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A friend in Morelia just went to Oaxaca using the Arco Norte as far as Puebla. She said it took her four hours from Morelia to Puebla, amazing time. She did get on the Arco Norte at Atlacomulco, but I don't have further info re where to get on the road sorry.

We just came back from San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca (not in the same trip!) and noticed that the signage for the Arco Norte was excellent from both directions.

http://www.mexicocooks.typepad.com









jrpierce


Sep 9, 2011, 8:25 PM

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Thanks, Esperanza! I figured if it was really open, someone on Mexconnect must have taken Arco Norte entering from Atlacomulco. I'll provide details on the signage and precise entry point after we make the trip.

Jim


Pata Salada

Sep 10, 2011, 6:20 AM

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That would be great JR. Last year the signs from Altacomulco to where the construction was complete weren't very good. The website still has that section under construction, but it may show that for years now that it may be complete..


cookj5

Sep 10, 2011, 2:08 PM

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Thanks for the input you all. But has anyone actually driven it who can say where you enter it in relation to Atlacomulco, how it is signed, etc. ???

Jim


In August, my wife and I drove the full length of the Arco Norte from where it meets the #15 cuota to where it meets the cuota from Mexico City to Puebla.It is not only complete, but it is a gorgeous drive. There is little traffic and the road surface is smooth as a baby's butt. You pass through green valleys and past large lakes surrounded by scenic mountains. Enjoy your drive!


jrpierce


Sep 12, 2011, 10:23 AM

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Great! Thanks for the info.

Jim


jrpierce


Sep 26, 2011, 8:00 PM

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Last weekend, on our way to Puebla, my wife and I drove from Morelia toward Mexico on the 15 cuota, and at Altacomulco, turned onto the access road to the Arco Norte. The signs are large and in the style of the familiar green background with white lettering. It was very easy to spot. A few of the signs mention Puebla, but many only mention Tula. Finally, there is one sign that only mentions Querétaro and Mexico, but that is the route you take.

You stop at only two toll booths, one at the beginning of your route and one at the end. You receive a ticket that has the thickness and size of a credit card, and turn it in at the end of the route where you pay your toll.

The road is new and beautiful, however there are areas where they have obviously joined it in with prior roads, and there's construction going on in those areas--though nothing on our trip that slowed our progress. As others have noted, you can fly on this highway!

One word of caution. There are almost NO services on the highway. We entered the highway at Altacomulco, and first encountered a gas station on the highway shortly before we were to come into the Puebla metro area. There are no snack shops, rest rooms, etc. So plan accordingly.

I hope that is helpful for those planning to go that way.

Jim


RickS


Sep 26, 2011, 9:13 PM

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In general, good news that it is open all the way from Altacomulco to Puebla.... and that the signage around Altacomulco is good and obvious. That should make the often dreaded drive through DF a thing of the past (assuming that is the desire of the traveler!).


LEACH

May 23, 2012, 5:21 PM

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YOU CAN CHECK ARCO NORTE AT www.arconorte.com.mx
SINCE 1 YEAR AGO, IT IS COMPLETELY OPEN FROM ATLACOMULCO, LINKING TO THE MORELIA - GUADALAJARA HIGHWAY, CROSSING THE MEXICO - QUERÉTARO HIGHWAY, THE MÉXICO - PACHUCA HIGHWAY, THE MÉXICO - PIRÁMIDES (TEOTIHUACAN) - TULANCINGO HWY AND FINISHING AT THE MEXICO - PUEBLA - VERACRUZ - OAXACA HIGHWAY.
YOU WILL FIND GAS STATION WITH CAFETERIA AT THE km 178, BETWEEN THE CALPULALPAN AND TULANCINGO INTERSECTIONS. MORE NICE HOTELS AT PACHUCA (27 km AWAY) OR AT THE TEOTIHUACAN PYRAMIDS (ABOUT 10 km AWAY, FOLLOWING THE MEXICO - PIRÁMIDES - TULANCINGO HIGHWAY TO THE WEST. PUEBLA IS ALSO A MUST!
 
 
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