Straight path

Mexico is notorious for its difficult-to-drive roadways. This article profiles an ongoing project to build a new, 11-mile road that--when finished--will connect the cities of Mazatlan and Durango, a passage that involves crossing through--during the eight-hour journey between cities--the Sierra Madre range, known as the Devil's backbone. In doing so, it describes the process of building this road, which will also run underground through more than 60 tunnels and includes the construction of 30 bridges, including one that spans the 1,280-foot-high Baluarte Gorge, a bridge that once completed will rank as the highest bridge in North America. It also looks at how this project is affecting the local economy and job market.
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