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21 August, 2018 ROAD REPORT
July, August and the first week of September are the monsoon/rainy season.  Large localized thunderstorms can dump a lot of water in a short time and cause the rivers, arroyos and the vados, where the water crosses the roads, to rise quickly, even if it is not raining in the immediate area. High water and strong currents should be avoided.  Take you cue from other vehicles and wait for the water to go down.  Expect rocks, sand and other debris on the road.

Mexico Hwy 2 west of Naco/Agua Prieta to Cananea:
The widening to 4 lanes continues with lane closures and minor detours. Some are poorly marked Use Care

Mexico Hwy 15D south from Nogales to Magdalena:
Construction is ongoing. Expect several detours and lane closures. Watch for construction equipment entering/exiting the highway and workers.

Note that as of this date the normal entrance to the Immigration and Banjercito offices at Kilometer 21 at the north end of the parking lot is closed due to the ongoing construction.  To enter, continue south and use what would normally be the exit near the buildings.   Watch for vehicles exiting.  There are no signs directing you.

The Road East to Cucurpe:
The exit from highway 15D to Son 54 just after the toll booths is still closed although the bridge construction is near completion.  It appears that there is still work to do on the exit ramp.  You cannot easily exit the highway to Cucurpe at this location.  Instead, exit hwy 15D at the Magdalena exit before the toll booths. Take the free road (libre) to Magdalena and through the town.  Watch for the SUBWAY (sandwich shop) sign on your right.  Just past this point turn left on the street before the clock tower at the south end of town. This takes you to Son 54.  The clock tower is about 3.7 km or 2.3 miles from where you exit 15D.

Sonora Highway 54 from Magdalena – Cucurpe – Sinoquipe:
New pavement has been placed and the road is good. The river at Cucurpe has about 2 to 4 inches of water. This can change at any time if it rains up stream. Watch for rocks on the road in the road cuts and gravel kicked up onto the pavement in the curves.  There is gravel, sand and mud on the road at the vados.  At the narrow road cut rock falls and mud have reduced the road to one lane so be alert. 

Coming from Naco or Douglas
The highway south from Cananea to Bacoachi (Son 89/Son118):  Construction has proceeded rapidly.   There is one short remaining detour with packed dirt and gravel. As of this date, the pavement has advanced to about 10 Km north of Bacoachi. South of this point the pavement is very good. The crossing for the Rio  Sonora at Bacoachi has been rebuilt.  As of this date, there was 2 to 3 inches of water flowing.   There is a small flow at the other vados but the one just south of Chinapa has a low sand berm that was deposited by high water.  This is all subject to change depending on weather.

The other route from Douglas/Agua Prieta is to head west from Agua Prieta on Mex Hwy 2 and turn south on Mex Hwy 17 just outside of the town.  Continue south through Esqueda.  Continue on Hwy 17 about 6 miles south of Esqueda.  You will see a sign for Arizpe and a paved intersection.  Turn right towards Bacoachi.  At the intersection of Son 89 turn left and continue 60 miles to Banámichi.  The road from Hwy 17 to Bacoachi has some construction with short sections of packed dirt and gravel and a few short dirt detours. The longest of these in about half a mile as of this report.  The detours are good packed dirt and gravel.  Portions of the road are being chip sealed and there is some areas of loose gravel on the road.  Motorcyclists take heed.  This is an alternative to Hwy 89 south of Cananea plus there is very little traffic on this road and the views are great.    You may encounter truck traffic on Mex 17.  If you would like to take this route from Naco then turn left  (east)on Mex Hwy 2 at the Naco road and drive about 22 miles to the intersection of Mex Hwy 17 and turn right (south) at the sign marked Nacozari  and Moctezuma.  NO UPDATE ON THIS ROUTE but expect more sand and rocks on the road from the rains

South of Bacoachi to Banámichi the road has been repaved and is very good.

Do be careful crossing the Rio Bacanuchi at Arizpe as there is extremely slick algae on the road surface below the water.  Motorcyclists should take extra care at this crossing.  If you have questions about this crossing please call us.

Other roads in the area:  No Update
Mexico 14 south from Mazocahui to Hermosillo is in good shape.  Watch for rocks in the road cut areas.
Mexico 14 from Mazocahui to Moctezuma is in good condition as well.
Mex 16 from Hermosillo west to Yecora and on to Basaseachi is reported as generally good with some areas needing repairs.  No report east of Basaseachi at this time.
Son 17 south from Agua Prieta to Moctezuma is generally good.  Expect truck traffic near Nacozari.
Son 20 from Hermosillo to Sahuaripa is newly paved this past year
Son 117 south from Moctezuma to Sahuaripa is good
Son 117 south of Sahuaripa to San Nicolas (at Mex 16) has been recently repaved
Son 177 from Hwy16 to Rosario and south to Esperanza (Ciudad Obregon) at Mex 16 is reported generally good but reports are 3rd hand

This report is published as a courtesy to our guests and other travelers and is based on reports from travelers and some personal observation.  It is believed accurate on the date published.  Road conditions can change rapidly due to weather, progress of construction and all other factors.  It is your responsibility to know the limits of your driving or riding ability and those of your vehicle.  You are responsible for assessing road conditions and driving in a safe manner.   Road work, topes (speed bumps,) animals, pedestrians,  farm equipment, other stopped vehicles, water on the roadway and other unexpected occurrences may be encountered at any time.  As always, please drive/ride with care.

Call us at 520-333-2655 for updates on this and any other routes.  And please let us know if there are any updates we should include here.
Hasta Pronto!

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