A popular saying is first impressions really matter. That’s the case for tourists traveling to a different place for a vacation getaway.
That first impression can quickly lead to how a visitor to a destination feels about their entire trip, what they tell others, and most importantly if they will ever return.
For travelers to Los Cabos, the first impression is of course the Los Cabos International Airport.
Beyond that, their initial perception of the beach resort destination they selected for their vacation getaway is all about getting to their hotel or resort.
Unfortunately for Los Cabos, that involves a ride on the pothole-ridden and in need of desperate repair Transpeninsular Highway from the airport to the tourist zone.
The Bad State of the Transpeninsular Highway
A recent survey of the Transpeninsular Highway roadway conditions showed that the main roadway that tourists rely on to get from the Los Cabos International Airport to the tourist zone and beyond is in desperate need of repairs.
In fact, drivers on the Transpeninsular Highway have actually started complaining to government officials about the sad state of the roadway.
The area of most concern appears to be the section known as “the Y” in Los Cabos, where the road is severely potholed, and the recent heavy rains have contributed to severe deterioration of the road for drivers.
Public Works Road Repairs
Because the Transpeninsular Highway is a federal government roadway in Los Cabos, it technically falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT).
However, drivers complain that the federal agency is not keeping up with the adequate repair and upkeep of the major Los Cabos tourist roadway.
There have been some recent efforts made to provide some band-aid repairs to the Transpeninsular Highway.
Unfortunately, this has had the opposite effect, where the work completed to repair the roadway has actually made it worse when it comes to the deterioration of the roadway.
Road Infrastructure Concerns in Los Cabos
The rapid popularity of Los Cabos as a tourist destination has caused significant roadway infrastructure issues for locals and tourists in the beach resort destination.
One regular ongoing problem has been the issue with traffic clogging the roadways, especially the Transpeninsular Highway in tourist areas and between the main hotel zone and the Los Cabos International Airport.
The toll road bypass was designed to eliminate some of the traffic. However, the increase in tourism in Los Cabos has even outstripped the added capacity provided by the toll road.
The traffic has become so bad that the local, state, and federal governments came together to deploy the Mexican National Guard to support traffic and roadway issues at the very busy FONATUR roundabout in Los Cabos.
The road deterioration is a new twist in the roadway infrastructure issue in Los Cabos.
Road Tips for Travelers
Travelers visiting Los Cabos should prepare for rough road conditions in Los Cabos as the Transpeninsular Highway continues to deteriorate due to overuse and weather conditions in the beach resort destination.
Ultimately, the deterioration in the roadway could lead to additional traffic slowdowns and delays as rideshare vehicles and taxis try to accommodate tourists by finding the smoothest and quickest route to destinations such as the Los Cabos International Airport and the tourist zone.
When repairs are made to the roadway in the future, that will end up causing headaches for tourists as the key areas, such as the Y section of the Transpeninsular Highway, experience lane closures for road repair construction work.
Tourists will have to pack an extra dose of patience in their luggage when making the journey from the Los Cabos International Airport to the tourist zone and not let the unfortunate state of the Transpeninsular Highway shape the initial perception of their vacation getaway.
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