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Federal Highway GUA 10D the Southern Superbypass of Guadalajara

Federal Highway GUA 10D is tolled Autopista located near the Guadalajara metropolitan area of the Mexican state of Jalisco.  Federal Highway GUA 10D is 111 kilometers in length spanning from Federal Highway 80D/90D near Zapotlanejo east to Federal Highway 15D at El Arenal.  Federal Highway GUA 10D does not follow the established numbering conventions of the Federal Highway System and is one of the new facilities in Mexico as it was fully dedicated during January 2018.  Federal Highway GUA 10D is known as "Macrolibramiento Sur de Guadalajara" which translates into English as "Southern Superbypass of Guadalajara.  


Part 1; the history of Federal Highway GUA 10D

The purpose of Federal Highway GUA 10D is to permit freight traffic to bypass the city of Guadalajara as a component of the Nogales highway corridor.  As presently configured Federal Highway GUA 10D functions as a true bypass Guadalajara metro area and has only seven junctions.  Federal Highway GUA 10D only serves approximately 6,000 vehicles a day which is largely comprised of freight vehicles.  

The first 25-kilometer segment of Federal Highway GUA 10D was announced as having opened in a Secretariat of Communications and Transportation press release dated August 1, 2016.  The August 1, 2016 pressed release noted 1.5 billion Pesos went into funding construction of the initial segment of Federal Highway GUA 10D.  Federal Highway GUA 10D does not fall within the established numbering convention of the Federal Highway System aside from the "D" suffix denoting it as a tolled Autopista.  


The full 111-kilometers of Federal Highway GUA 10D were announced as having opened in a January 8, 2018, Secretariat of Communications and Transportation press release.  Upon fully opening during 2018 the toll rate for traveling the entire 111-kilometers of Federal Highway GUA 10D was 299 Pesos.  






Part 2; a drive on Federal Highway GUA 10D from Federal Highway 23 west to Federal Highway 15

From Federal Highway 23 south of Guadalajara and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport traffic can access Federal Highway GUA 10D.  Tepic is listed as the westbound control city transitioning from Federal Highway 23 southbound Federal Highway GUA 10D.  Traffic entering Federal Highway 10D is required to pass through a toll booth (Caseta de Chapala) with a current rate of 96 Pesos for automobiles.  



Despite having been completed in 2018 the difference between Autopista standards to that of American Interstates is almost instantly apparent.  Federal Highway GUA 10D essentially has no interior shoulder which is coupled with a narrow exterior shoulder. 


Federal Highway GUA 10D between Federal Highway 23 west to Federal Highway 15 is approximately 35-kilometers.  The segment bypasses far to the south of Guadalajara among the hills above Laguna de Cajititl√°n.











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