Mexican Federal Highway 85

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Federal Highway 85
Carretera Federal 85
Route information
Maintained by Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
Length: 1,213.00 km[1][2][3] (753.72 mi)
Existed: July 1, 1936 – present
Major junctions
South end: Mexico City
  Pachuca
Ciudad Valles
Ciudad Victoria
Monterrey
North end: Nuevo Laredo
Highway system

Mexican Federal Highways
List • Autopistas

Fed. 84 Fed. 85D

Mexico's Federal Highway 85 (Carretera Federal 85) connects Mexico City with the U.S. border at Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Highway 85 runs through Monterrey, Nuevo León; Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas; Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí; and Pachuca, Hidalgo. It ends at the intersection of Highway 95 in the San Pedro area of Mexico City. Highway 85 is the original route of the Pan-American Highway from the border to the capital as well as the Inter-American Highway.

Through most of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León, it is a freeway and is essentially a southern continuation of U.S. Interstate 35. Highway 85 has two alternate toll routes (Autopistas), both are named Mexican Federal Highway 85D, one is from Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey (123.1 kilometers MXN$177) and Pachuca to Mexico City (45.8 kilometers MXN$33). Highway 85D has wider lanes, offers a more direct route, and is continuously being repaired and repaved.[4]

Major highway intersections[edit]

State Location Road(s) Notes
Tamaulipas Nuevo Laredo Gateway to the Americas International Bridge and SH 359 / US 83 / I-35 at the United States border Northern End
Carretera federal 2.svg Mexican Federal Highway 2
Nuevo Leon State Highway 1.PNG Tamaulipas State Highway 1
Mexican Federal Highway 85D.png Mexican Federal Highway 85D Alternate Toll Route
Nuevo León Monterrey Mexican Federal Highway 85D.png Mexican Federal Highway 85D Alternate Toll Route
Mexican Federal Highway 53.png Mexican Federal Highway 53
Carretera federal 54.svg Mexican Federal Highway 54
Mexican Federal Highway 40.png Mexican Federal Highway 40
Montemorelos Mexican Federal Highway 35.png Mexican Federal Highway 35
Tamaulipas Ciudad Victoria Carretera federal 101.svg Mexican Federal Highway 101
Llera Mexican Federal Highway 81.png Mexican Federal Highway 81
Ciudad Mante Mexican Federal Highway 80.png Mexican Federal Highway 80
San Luis Potosí Ciudad Valles Mexican Federal Highway 120.png Mexican Federal Highway 120
Hidalgo Ixmiquilpan Carretera federal 45.svg Mexican Federal Highway 45
Pachuca Mexican Federal Highway 130.png Mexican Federal Highway 130
Mexican Federal Highway 85D.png Mexican Federal Highway 85D Alternate Toll Route
Mexico San Cristóbal Ecatepec Mexican Federal Highway 85D.png Mexican Federal Highway 85D Alternate Toll Route
Mexican Federal Highway 132.png Mexican Federal Highway 132
Distrito Federal Mexico City Mexican Federal Highway 95.png Mexican Federal Highway 95 Southern End

Description[edit]

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, to Monterrey, Nuevo León[edit]

Mexican Federal Highway 85 as it crosses the Paso de Mamulique between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey

Federal Highway 85 is a 6-lane divided unrestricted access road from Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey. Gateway to the Americas International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo is the highway's starting point. In Nuevo Laredo MFH 85 is also known as Reforma Avenue passing through Downtown Nuevo Laredo and Nuevo Laredo's main commercial districts and Industrial Parks. At kilometer 26 there is a Mexican customs stop known as Garita Kilómetro 26. All vehicles exiting the border area are required to stop for inspection and proof of citizenship is required. The highway is divided into Highway 85 (known as la libre; the "free road") and the toll Highway 85D (known as la cuota) which its starting point is at the World Trade International Bridge in Nuevo Laredo then connects with MFH85 then splitting again after the Mexican check point. At about midway between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey, Highway 85 crosses the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range (at the Paso de Mamulique). Highway 85 passes through several cities and small towns including:

Monterrey, Nuevo León to Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas[edit]

Federal Highway 85 in Monterrey is mainly a 6-lane divided unrestricted access road. In Monterrey the highway intersects various highways and loops. At the southern end it becomes a 4-lane divided highway leading to Linares, Nuevo León. From Linares to Ciudad Victoria the highway becomes a 2 lane road. Highway 85 passes through several cities and small towns including:

Ciudad Victoria, Tamulipas to Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas[edit]

Federal Highway 85 is a 2 lane divided highway from Ciudad Victoria to Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas. Highway 85 passes through mainly rural areas.

Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas to Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí[edit]

Federal Highway 85 is a 2 lane divided highway from Ciudad Mante, Tamaulipas to Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí. Highway 85 passes through mainly rural areas.

Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí to Pachuca, Hidalgo[edit]

Federal Highway 85 is a 2 lane divided highway from Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosí to Actopan, Hidalgo. From Actopan to Pachuca, Hidalgo it becomes a 4 lane divided highway. Highway 85 passes through several cities and small towns including:

Pachuca, Hidalgo to Mexico City[edit]

Federal Highway 85 is a 4 lane divided highway from Pachuca, Hidalgo to Mexico City. Highway 85 passes through several cities and small towns including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Datos Viales de Tamaulipas" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. p. 4,6,9. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Datos Viales de San Luis Potosí" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. p. 8. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Datos Viales de Hidalgo" (PDF) (in Spanish). Dirección General de Servicios Técnicos, Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes. 2011. p. 5. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  4. ^ Mexican Autopistas technical information and tolls