Carretera Central (Puerto Rico)

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The Carretera Central is a north–south central highway in Puerto Rico.

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The highway runs from San Juan, the largest city in Puerto Rico, located on the north coast to Ponce, the second largest, on the south coast, via Caguas, Cayey, Aibonito, Coamo, and Juana Diaz. The highway corridor is now designated as Puerto Rico Highway 14 from Ponce to Cayey and part of Puerto Rico Highway 1 from Cayey to San Juan,[citation needed] although various sections of the original road have since been bypassed by the modern highways.[citation needed]


A former Casilla de Caminero on PR-14 (now Ave. Tito Castro) in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Functional by 1886, it was the first highway to cross Puerto Rico's east–west mountain range, the Cordillera Central.[1]

In 1886, it was a 134-kilometer (83 mi) route with 13 permanent bridges and 33 "casillas de camineros" (housing for road maintenance technicians).[1]

The Arenas Bridge, constructed in 1894 to bring the Carretera Central across the Rio de la Plata, was the longest bridge constructed in Puerto Rico under Spanish government.[2]

In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, American forces moved from south to north over the Carretara Central. One bridge was demolished by the Spanish to delay the American advance.[1]

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