Sasabe, a sleepy little border town south of Tucson is about to get a wake up call. The town of Sasabe between Nogales and Lukeville/Sonoyta should start seeing a lot more traffic as the final stages of road paving gets completed. Sasabe has been an operating port of entry since 1916, a year before the signing of the Mexican constitution, however because of lack of use or demand it has been relatively unknown by the masses. As traffic expands and the borders at Lukeville and Nogales get more congested, more people will start hearing about this access point to and from Mexico. This could evolve into the preferred route from Tucson to Rocky Point. It was first brought to my attention by a couple of homeowners in Santo Tomas, (A beachfront vacation neighborhood just south of Rocky Point) that have been using this road for some time. “This border crossing puts us 3 ½ hours door to door from Santo Tomas to our home in Tucson.” This timeframe is pretty impressive since the paving is not even done yet. When the 33.5 mile paving project is finished to Saric even more time will be shaved off of travel times; that will give travelers an alternate route into and out of northwest Sonora and especially Rocky Point and the newer developments ever expanding in this direction. SEE MAP The Mexican government has allotted about or $8.17 million for the first stage of work. It will take another $8 million to finish. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials expect the completed highway to increase traffic through Sasabe enough that they have already been discussing keeping the port open 24 hours a day, and adding additional lanes. The Sasabe port is currently open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and has only one lane in and out. Officials hope the new road will attract more tourists through Sasabe and to the small northern Sonoran towns of Tubutama, Átil and Oquitoa and all parts of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino’s Mission Route. These new improvements should start inspiring adventurous people from Tucson to try this new highway. Consider this alternate route to Rocky Point or Santo Tomas, it is a more scenic route than other roads crossing the border in Sonora.

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