Sonoyta-Penasco Road Reopens, Travelers Still Advised to Use Caution

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Seaside Reservations notified: bypass opened to two-way traffic.

The bypass road to Rocky Point, Mexico has been tentatively re-opened to vehicular traffic by authorities in Sonoyta today. Receding waters, a clear weekend forecast and temporary, emergency repairs on the Sonoyta Bridge have led to the road re-opening to two-way traffic as of 9a.m. this morning. The road had been closed since Saturday, September 8, after torrential rains and flooding forced the closure of the Sonoyta - Peñasco road to Rocky Point, accessed by way of the Lukeville border. Travelers to Rocky Point had been advised to enter Puerto Peñasco via Yuma, Arizona and take the Federal Highway 3 to Puerto Penasco.

Travelers crossing the road are still advised to use caution when driving through Sonoyta, as the constant flow of water has created large potholes in many areas of the bypass. The current condition of the road has led to long traffic delays, some reported up to 30 minutes. During the week, the road was sporadically opened with access restricted to large vehicles only. Travelers that did manage to cross the road reported flowing water reaching their car doors.

As storms and heavy rains continued throughout the week, the decision was made to restrict all traffic in the interest of public safety. Before the large volume of water and relentless rains forced the road closure, traffic through the town of Sonoyta had been diverted through the “El Vado” (the detour/wash) road while construction on the Sonoyta Bridge was getting underway. Heavy rainfall in the area and numerous construction delays prevented the bridge from being completed as scheduled. A temporary road covering consisting of concrete ‘sleepers’ has been placed over the bridge to relieve traffic congestion.

The closure added considerable drive time for those traveling to Rocky Point, as the distance from Yuma to Rocky Point is approximately 268 miles. The distance from the Lukeville border, through Sonoyta to Rocky Point is approximately 68 miles. The paved, Federal Highway 3 was completed in 2010 and travels through San Luis Rio Colorado.

This information will be updated as it becomes available. Refer to map for alternate route.

For more information, please contact:
Sea Side Reservations
7655 E Redfield Rd. Suite 3, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
TEL (602) 404-2982 FAX (602) 404-2986

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