FAQ

Q. Where does the name CANAMEX come from?
A. CANAMEX is derived from the three NAFTA countries to which it serves -CANada, AMerica and MEXico.


Q. What is the length of the CANAMEX route?
A. The CANAMEX Route is 3,800miles (8,000 kilometers) and stretches from the cold of Alaska’s Anchorage, to the baking heat of Mexico City.


Q. Which areas  does the CANAMEX route pass through and service?
A. Paralleling Interstate Route 15 this pan-American trade corridor and transport route serves a broad region encompassing Alberta, NW Canada, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and on into Mexico serving the Mexican States of Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Guanjuato, Queretero, Estado de Mexico and the Federal District (Mexico city). This offers a huge number of people a greater trade opportunity to allow growth potential.


Q. Is the CANAMEX route complete?

A. Not yet but a number of major sections are either under construction or have finished. In particular, Arizona and Nevada have been busy working with Congress to decide on an upgrade to Interstate 11 which would be a great boost to the CANAMEX Project.


Q. When was the CANAMEX Corridor originally planned?

A. The Corridor route was outlined in 1991 in the “ISTEA” highway bill.


Q. Who formed the CANAMEX Coalition?

A. The CANAMEX Coalition was formed by the partner States along the route, Sonora State in Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Alberta, Canada.


Q. Are there laws which pertain only to traffic on this route, such as standardized vehicle weight limits?

A. Although there has been some movement in this there will never be specific laws pertaining to a route as the laws are governed by individual States. However, there is agreement that trucking weight limits could be increased once the route has fully met the standards required to support increased axle weights. Other laws are either Federally governed and laid out, or individual State laws – there is no provision for laws relating to a single highway/route outside of this.


Q.  Why is the Pacific rade Route not enough?

A. Apart from the extra mileage and fuel used taking this option, crossing mountain ranges in the large tractor trailer units that are proposed in the future, such as triples would not be able to navigate the inclines and turns required. The cost of cutting through negates the impact of the corridor, which runs parallel to the higher escarpments and in particular the Sierra Nevada range.


Q. What variations are there in truck weight/length limits along the route?

A. There is some variance in the allowable lengths and weights.  The following table shows the truck weight limits for each State on the Canamex route. Note that Arizona State for example has limited their allowanvce for 129,000lb trucks to the I15 only. This is because this particular highway has undergone improvements and reconstruction to make it suitable for carrying such weights.

Jursidiction Max. GVW Max. Length
ALBERTA  137,500  102
MONTANA  129,000 100
IDAHO  105,500 105
UTAH  129,000 110
ARIZONA I15 Only  129,000 110
NEVADA  129,000 105