MARCH 2020 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.
Because they are at higher elevations, Bisbee/Naco, Douglas/Agua Prieta and Nogalas get get snow. Creel, the Copper Canyon area and other mountainous locations also can get snow. Never very much but always check the forecast.
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. Much improved. Expect several detours and lane closures. Watch for construction equipment entering/exiting the highway and workers.
The Road East to Cucurpe:
The exit from highway 15D to Son 54 at .9 miles past the toll booths is poorly marked and easy to miss. Keep a good look out. If you take the free road (libre) to Magdalena and through the town 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 and half km or a little over 2 miles from where you exit 15D.
Sonora Highway 54 from Magdalena – Cucurpe – Sinoquipe:
The new pavement placed 3 years ago is showing some issues but the road is generally good. There is a spot between Cucurpe and Sinoquipe where the east bound lane has been undermined. It was well marked but be alert. There may be gravel where the road has been resealed. The river at Cucurpe is dry or just a trickle. 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. Numerous rocks litter the road in the narrow road cuts and can reduce the road to one lane. Be alert.
Coming from Naco or Douglas
The highway south from Cananea to Bacoachi (Son 89/Son118): Construction is complete The crossing for the Rio Sonora at Bacoachi has been rebuilt. As of this date, there was 1 to 2 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. Watch for potholes in the concrete under the water.
Motorcyclists use extreme caution in the water crossings (see below)
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. T 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.
Exercise caution 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 the conditions at this crossing please call us.
Other roads in the area: No Update
Mexico 14 south from Mazocahui to Hermosillo is in good shape. As always, watch for rocks and sand in the road cut areas.
Mexico 14 from Mazocahui to Moctezuma is reported in good condition as well with some potholes.
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 was newly paved two years ago.
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.