is it safe to drive the tollways from Laredo to PV right now
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2012 12:50 PM Last Post By: Altahabana
Aug 27, 2012 1:38 PM
is it safe to drive the tollways from Laredo to PV right nowI plan to drive from Texas to Puerto Vallarta next month but am hearing that the timing may not be the best due to increased violence at this time. I'm hearing stories about road blocks even on the toll roads where people are being robbed and even worse. These stories are being told to me by Americans living in PV so although i am still a little skeptical I thought I would see if anyone had made the drive recently and could share their experience with me. Thanks
Aug 27, 2012 3:03 PM
1There aren't any robberies being reported on the toll road between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey. There are problems but road blocks and robberies aren't part of the picture. I don't think there is any great risk to travelers along Highway 85 in Tamaulipas/Nuevo Leon right now. I don't know what the situation is like further south between Saltillo and PV, other than what was reported in Jalisco and Colima over the weekend.
Aug 28, 2012 7:30 AM
Aug 29, 2012 8:38 PM
3Did PV to Kelowna BC this past April using both tollroads and secondary roads with absolutely no problems.
Aug 30, 2012 5:17 PM
Sep 8, 2012 7:51 PM
5My advise is to cross at the Colombia Bridge, use the north periferico around Monterey, take the 57 carretera some of which is cuota around Saltillo and drive onto SLP. From there head west to Guadalajara and PV. We just did the drive from the Colombia Bridge to SLP with out any problems or stops except one military one south of Matahuela. A week later we drove from SLP to Zihuantenajo with no stops at all and again no problems or fears.
Sep 9, 2012 5:11 AM
6If security is something that concerns you, then you should avoid the Columbia bridge crossing. There have been a half dozen major incidents/ balaceras/shootouts on Highway 2 between the Columbia Bridge turnoff and the Autopista in the last 4-5 months. They don't usually bother motorists but there are heavily armed men traveling that road all the time.
Columbia Bridge was popularized on Internet forums by norteamericanos who think that the lines to cross in Laredo/Nuevo Laredo are too long and the immigration/vehicle permit station is not as convenient. Local residents don't use it because it is isolated, out of the way and is perceived to have security problems.
Sep 9, 2012 8:21 AM
7When was the last time your drove it Atahabana??? We just did three weeks ago. It was well monitored and at no time
did we see or feel any fear or discomfort. We have driven over 10,000 miles per year in Mexico for the past 15 years and
have yet to have a problem. We are careful, never drive at night and use good sense.
Sep 9, 2012 12:50 PM
8I live in Nuevo Laredo. Even though I have to travel regularly to Eagle Pass, I haven't driven Highway 2 to Piedras since the Zeta-Gulf split two years ago and won't use it. My comment is from the perspective of a local resident. I don't feel comfortable using the same roads as those guys even if they aren't particularly looking to bother non-involved motorists. That may not bother some people.
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