List of highways in Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rican Highway System
PR primary 1.svg PR urban primary 1.svg PR secondary 1.svg Circle sign 1.svgPre-1999 Puerto Rico highway shield Forest Highway 191 shield
Top row: Highway shields for Primary, Urban primary, Secondary and Tertiary sections of PR-1
Bottom row: Example of the pre-1999 and forest highway shields[1]
Highway names
Interstates: Interstate PRnn (PRI-nn)
Commonwealth: Puerto Rico Highway nn (PR-nn)
System links
Puerto Rico Highways
Route number shields on Puerto Rico Highway 191 in 2009. On the left is the current tertiary highway shield, in the middle, a Forest Highway shield, and, on the right, a pre-1999 shield.
PR-52 highway in Puerto Rico, en route from Juana Diaz to Santa Isabel, eastbound.

The highway system in Puerto Rico is composed of approximately 14,400 kilometers (8,900 mi)[2] of roads and is maintained by Puerto Rico's Department of Transportation and Public Works (Spanish: Departmento de Transportación y Obras Públicas) or DTOP. The highway system in Puerto Rico is divided into four networks: primary, urban primary, secondary or inter-municipal, and tertiary or local (Spanish: red primaria, primaria urbana, secundaria o intermunicipal, and terciaria o local, respectively).[2] Highways may change between networks and retain their same numbers.

Route number shields[edit]

Puerto Rico roads are classified according to the network they belong to. Thus there are four types:[2]

Highway type Highway Shield
for PR-1
Primary Roads A blue highway shield with a white numeral 1
Urban Primary Roads A white highway shield with a black numeral 1
Secondary (or inter-municipal) Roads A blue pentagon-shaped highway shield with a yellow numeral 1
Tertiary (or intra-municipal) Roads A white circle sign with a black numeral 1

In this regard, a primary road is one which is part of the Primary Network, an urban primary road is part of the Urban Primary Network, etc. Generally, the same highway may change between networks, but the highway will continue to have the same number. For example, PR-1, connecting Ponce and San Juan, is signed as Urban Primary inside the Ponce city limits, then it is signed as Secondary in Ponce's rural barrio Capitanejo, and then it is again signed as Urban Primary on its entry into the town of Santa Isabel.

Primary roads are numbered 1 through 99, secondary roads are numbered 100 to 299, and municipal (tertiary) roads are numbered 300 to 9999.[3]

Puerto Rico highway shield (pre-1999)

Until 1999,[citation needed] all non-tolled numbered highways in Puerto Rico had the same route shield, a square with a white-on-black half-circle with the route number in the bottom two thirds and a map of Puerto Rico with the words "Puerto Rico" written inside in the top third.

Road maintenance[edit]

All Puerto Rico roads, regardless of the network they belong to are maintained by the centralized, Commonwealth-level, Departmento de Transportacion y Obras Publicas (DTOP). Municipal governments are not responsible for maintenance of roads within their territory whether or not the municipal government is an autonomous government or not; DTOP is the responsible agency.[4] The DTOP maintains a network of regional offices throughout the island which carry out DTOP work within their multi-municipality region. Municipal governments are only responsible for maintenance of city and town streets within their jurisdictions.[5] On occasion, the central government has entered into MOAs with municipal governments for the collaborative maintenance of some state roadways within their municipalities.[6][7]

Interstates[edit]

Map of Puerto Rico's Interstate Highways

Puerto Rico has 410 km (250 mi) of Interstate highways.[8] There are three designated Interstate Highways in Puerto Rico.[9] As with Interstate Highways in Alaska and Hawaii, these routes do not connect to the rest of the United States Interstate Highway System, but still receive funding in a similar fashion to the Interstates in the contiguous US.

As with Interstate routes in Alaska, Puerto Rico Interstate routes are unsigned. The designated routes of the three routes — officially PRI-1, PRI-2 and PRI-3[9] — run along various combinations of Puerto Rico routes. They do not follow the rules of even and odd numbers determining direction used in mainland United States. Per Section 103(c)(1)(B) (ii), Title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C.) Puerto Rico is exempt from the design standards of Section 109(b).[10]

Puerto Rico's interstate routes are not to be confused with Puerto Rico Routes PR-1, PR-2, and PR-3. These are other major highways in Puerto Rico.

Route table[edit]

Route Component routes Length
mi[11]
Length
km
From To
PRI-1 PR-52
PR-18
71.08 114.39 PR-2 in Ponce PR-2 in San Juan (PR 22/PR 18 interchange)
PRI-2 PR-2
PR-22
138.13 222.30 PR-1 in Ponce PR-3 in San Juan (PR 1/PR 26 interchange)
PRI-3 PR-53
PR-3
PR-66
PR-26
65.27 105.04 PR-3 in Humacao PR-2 in San Juan (PR 1/PR 26/PR 66 interchange)

Expressways[edit]

Expressways in Puerto Rico are controlled-access highways, or expressways. Many, but not all, of them are tolled. All Puerto Rico expressways are signed either as primary or as primary urban routes. As of August 2010, the current expressways were:

List of Highways[edit]

Below is a list of some highways in Puerto Rico along with the municipalities where they begin and end.

Primary highways[edit]

Number South/West terminus North/East terminus
Puerto Rico Highway 1 Ponce San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 2 Ponce San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 2R Aguadilla Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 2R Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 2R Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 3 Salinas San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 3R Humacao Humacao
Puerto Rico Highway 5 Naranjito Cataño
Puerto Rico Highway 6 Bayamón Bayamón
Puerto Rico Highway 8 San Juan Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 9 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 10 Ponce Arecibo
Puerto Rico Highway 12 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 14 Ponce Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 14R Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 15 Guayama Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 16 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 17 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 18 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 19 Guaynabo San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 20 Guaynabo Guaynabo
Puerto Rico Highway 21 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 22 Hatillo San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 23 Guaynabo San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 24 Guaynabo Cataño
Puerto Rico Highway 25 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 25R San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 26 San Juan Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 27 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 28 Bayamón Guaynabo
Puerto Rico Highway 29 Bayamón Bayamón
Puerto Rico Highway 30 Caguas Humacao
Puerto Rico Highway 31 Juncos Naguabo
Puerto Rico Highway 32 Caguas Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 33 Caguas Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 34 Caguas Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 35 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 36 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 37 San Juan Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 38 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 39 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 40 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 41 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 42 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 47 San Juan San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 52 Ponce San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 53 Salinas Fajardo
Puerto Rico Highway 54 Guayama Guayama
Puerto Rico Highway 60 Humacao Humacao
Puerto Rico Highway 63 Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 64 Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 65 Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 66 Carolina Río Grande

Secondary highways[edit]

Secondary roads are numbered in the 100 to 299 range. Unlike primary highways, which are numbered randomly throughout the island, secondary highways generally follow a grid pattern. They begin from the southwest portion of the island with PR-100 and increase in number as you progress in a northeasternly fashion. PR-100 is located in the southwestern town of Cabo Rojo, whilst PR-198 is in Juncos, Las Piedras and Humacao in the eastern part of Puerto Rico. The highest secondary highway number assigned so far (February 2014) is 252 (PR-252), located in the northeastern municipality-island of Culebra. A few roads "violate" this grid order; for example, PR-199 lies in Guaynabo and San Juan.

Number South/West terminus North/East terminus
Puerto Rico Highway 100 Cabo Rojo Hormigueros
Puerto Rico Highway 101 Cabo Rojo San Germán
Puerto Rico Highway 102 Mayagüez Sabana Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 103 Cabo Rojo Hormigueros
Puerto Rico Highway 104 Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 105 Mayagüez Maricao
Puerto Rico Highway 106 Mayagüez Mayagüez
Puerto Rico Highway 107 Aguadilla Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 108 Mayagüez Añasco
Puerto Rico Highway 109 Añasco San Sebastián
Puerto Rico Highway 110 Añasco Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 110R Aguadilla Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 110R Moca Moca
Puerto Rico Highway 111 Aguadilla Utuado
Puerto Rico Highway 111R Aguadilla Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 111R Utuado Utuado
Puerto Rico Highway 1111 Lares Lares
Puerto Rico Highway 112 Moca Isabela
Puerto Rico Highway 113 Isabela Quebradillas
Puerto Rico Highway 114 Mayagüez San Germán
Puerto Rico Highway 115 Añasco Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 115R Aguada Aguada
Puerto Rico Highway 116 Lajas Guánica
Puerto Rico Highway 116R Guánica Guánica
Puerto Rico Highway 117 Lajas Sabana Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 118 Lajas San Germán
Puerto Rico Highway 119 San Germán Hatillo
Puerto Rico Highway 120 Sabana Grande Las Marías
Puerto Rico Highway 121 Sabana Grande Yauco
Puerto Rico Highway 122 San Germán San Germán
Puerto Rico Highway 123 Ponce Arecibo
Puerto Rico Highway 124 Las Marías Lares
Puerto Rico Highway 125 Aguadilla San Sebastián
Puerto Rico Highway 125R San Sebastián San Sebastián
Puerto Rico Highway 127 Yauco Peñuelas
Puerto Rico Highway 128 Yauco Lares
Puerto Rico Highway 129 Lares Arecibo
Puerto Rico Highway 130 Hatillo Hatillo
Puerto Rico Highway 131 Adjuntas Adjuntas
Puerto Rico Highway 132 Guayanilla Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 133 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 134 Lares Hatillo
Puerto Rico Highway 135 Lares Adjuntas
Puerto Rico Highway 136 Guayanilla Guayanilla
Puerto Rico Highway 137 Morovis Vega Baja
Puerto Rico Highway 138 Coamo Coamo
Puerto Rico Highway 139 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 139R Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 140 Jayuya Barceloneta
Puerto Rico Highway 141 Jayuya Utuado
Puerto Rico Highway 142 Corozal Dorado
Puerto Rico Highway 143 Adjuntas Barranquitas
Puerto Rico Highway 144 Jayuya Ciales
Puerto Rico Highway 145 Ciales Morovis
Puerto Rico Highway 146 Arecibo Ciales
Puerto Rico Highway 147 Naranjito Naranjito
Puerto Rico Highway 148 Naranjito Naranjito
Puerto Rico Highway 149 Juana Díaz Manatí
Puerto Rico Highway 149R Villalba Villalba
Puerto Rico Highway 150 Villalba Coamo
Puerto Rico Highway 151 Villalba Villalba
Puerto Rico Highway 152 Barranquitas Naranjito
Puerto Rico Highway 152R Barranquitas Barranquitas
Puerto Rico Highway 153 Santa Isabel Coamo
Puerto Rico Highway 154 Coamo Coamo
Puerto Rico Highway 155 Coamo Vega Baja
Puerto Rico Highway 156 Orocovis Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 157 Ciales Orocovis
Puerto Rico Highway 159 Morovis Toa Alta
Puerto Rico Highway 160 Morovis Vega Baja
Puerto Rico Highway 161 Santa Isabel Santa Isabel
Puerto Rico Highway 162 Aibonito Barranquitas
Puerto Rico Highway 163 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 164 Corozal Naranjito
Puerto Rico Highway 165 Naranjito Guaynabo
Puerto Rico Highway 165R Toa Alta Toa Alta
Puerto Rico Highway 166 San Germán San Germán
Puerto Rico Highway 167 Comerío Toa Baja
Puerto Rico Highway 168 Bayamón Bayamón
Puerto Rico Highway 169 Guaynabo Guaynabo
Puerto Rico Highway 170 Cayey Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 171 Cayey Cidra
Puerto Rico Highway 172 Caguas Cidra
Puerto Rico Highway 173 Aibonito Guaynabo
Puerto Rico Highway 174 Aguas Buenas Bayamón
Puerto Rico Highway 175 Caguas Trujillo Alto
Puerto Rico Highway 176 Trujillo Alto San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 177 Bayamón San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 178 Arroyo Arroyo
Puerto Rico Highway 179 Guayama Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 180 Salinas Salinas
Puerto Rico Highway 181 Patillas San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 182 Yabucoa Yabucoa
Puerto Rico Highway 183 Caguas Las Piedras
Puerto Rico Highway 184 Patillas Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 185 Juncos Canóvanas
Puerto Rico Highway 186 Canóvanas Río Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 187 Loíza Río Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 187R Río Grande Río Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 188 Canóvanas Loíza
Puerto Rico Highway 189 Caguas Gurabo
Puerto Rico Highway 190 Carolina Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 191 Naguabo Río Grande
Puerto Rico Highway 192 Naguabo Naguabo
Puerto Rico Highway 193 Luquillo Luquillo
Puerto Rico Highway 194 Fajardo Fajardo
Puerto Rico Highway 195 Fajardo Fajardo
Puerto Rico Highway 196 Caguas Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 198 Las Piedras Humacao
Puerto Rico Highway 199 Bayamón San Juan
Puerto Rico Highway 200 Vieques Vieques
Puerto Rico Highway 200R Vieques Vieques
Puerto Rico Highway 201 Vieques Vieques
Puerto Rico Highway 203 San Lorenzo Gurabo
Puerto Rico Highway 204 Las Piedras Las Piedras
Puerto Rico Highway 205 Naguabo Naguabo
Puerto Rico Highway 206 Cayey Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 250 Culebra Culebra
Puerto Rico Highway 251 Culebra Culebra
Puerto Rico Highway 252 Culebra Culebra

Tertiary highways[edit]

Tertiary highways also follow a general grid, and are generally considered municipal highways.[by whom?] Towns which do not border the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea, especially in the mountainous area, may overlap this grid, for example Ciales may have both highways in the 600-699 grid and the 500-599 grid, depending where they begin further north or further south. Generally along the areas where the highways are, the lower the number, the more south it is. Culebra is the only town in Puerto Rico that does not fall in any of the regions, for only PR-250 and PR-251 are the main routes. The entire immediate metropolitan area of San Juan with the exception of Caguas falls in the 800 region, while the entire east coast (north and south) east of San Juan, Caguas and Patillas fall in the 900 region. This is because the eastern portion of Puerto Rico has a southeastern coast which goes to the west from Humacao, which roughly defines where the Vieques Passage and the Caribbean Sea meet along the coast. Yabucoa is in the exact south-southeast area and lies in the 900 region, while Maunabo overlaps the 700's and 900's regions. Vieques, an offshore island-municipality, has some highways in the 900 order.

Some roads are numbered using four digits. For example, PR-5506. These are branches, or spurs, of tertiary roads by the same last three digit number. Thus, PR-5506 is a branch of PR-506. They are often dead end branches, and are common in the mountain regions of the main island. Sometimes they are loops branching off the main road and eventually connecting back to the same main tertiary road. The "fourth" digit is generally a repeat of the first digit of the main tertiary road in question. Thus, a branch of PR-301 would be signed PR-3301, with the added "3" prefixing the number of the main tertiary road associated with the spur, 301, because "3" is the first digit of the main road. When the road has more than one distinct spur, an additional unrelated digit is used (example, PR-4301).

Number South/West terminus North/East terminus
Puerto Rico Highway 301 Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo
Puerto Rico Highway 3301 Cabo Rojo Cabo Rojo
Puerto Rico Highway 303 Cabo Rojo Lajas
Puerto Rico Highway 343 Hormigueros Hormigueros
Puerto Rico Highway 344 Hormigueros Hormigueros
Puerto Rico Highway 402 Añasco Añasco
Puerto Rico Highway 413 Rincón Rincón
Puerto Rico Highway 416 Aguada Aguada
Puerto Rico Highway 417 Aguada Aguada
Puerto Rico Highway 440 Aguadilla Aguadilla
Puerto Rico Highway 500 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 501 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 502 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 503 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 504 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 505 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 506 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 510 Ponce Juana Díaz
Puerto Rico Highway 511 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 536 Santa Isabel Juana Díaz
Puerto Rico Highway 543 Santa Isabel Coamo
Puerto Rico Highway 5506 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 5516 Adjuntas Adjuntas
Puerto Rico Highway 5518 Adjuntas Adjuntas
Puerto Rico Highway 5549 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 576 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 578 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 585 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 591 Ponce Ponce
Puerto Rico Highway 681 Arecibo Barceloneta
Puerto Rico Highway 690 Vega Alta Vega Alta
Puerto Rico Highway 693 Vega Alta Dorado
Puerto Rico Highway 694 Vega Alta Dorado
Puerto Rico Highway 719 Barranquitas Barranquitas
Puerto Rico Highway 722 Aibonito Aibonito
Puerto Rico Highway 734 Cidra Cidra
Puerto Rico Highway 735 Cayey Cayey
Puerto Rico Highway 744 Guayama Guayama
Puerto Rico Highway 760 Maunabo Maunabo
Puerto Rico Highway 7718 Aibonito Aibonito
Puerto Rico Highway 7722 Cayey Aibonito
Puerto Rico Highway 779 Naranjito Comerío
Puerto Rico Highway 784 Caguas Caguas
Puerto Rico Highway 860 Trujillo Alto Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 8860 Trujillo Alto Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 887 Carolina Carolina
Puerto Rico Highway 891 Corozal Corozal
Puerto Rico Highway 901 Maunabo Yabucoa
Puerto Rico Highway 9914 Yabucoa Yabucoa

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportacion (December 22, 2004). "Guias para la Seleccion e Instalaccion de Rotulos de Orientacion (Suplemento al MUTCD 2003)" (PDF) (in Spanish). Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. p. 2. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación (December 22, 2004). "Guias para la Seleccion e Instalaccion de Rotulos de Orientacion (Suplemento al MUTCD 2003" (PDF) (in Spanish). Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. p. 1. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación Estándares de Ingeniería. "Chapter i: General Design Criteria" (PDF). Manual de Diseño (in Spanish). Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. Sections 1-03.01, pp. 1-2. 
  4. ^ "Municipal Ordinance Number 52, Series 2009-2010. Primera Hora" (PDF) (in Spanish). Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. April 28, 2010. p. 59. 
  5. ^ "Oficinas Regionales" (in Spanish). Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. Retrieved August 22, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Act Propone Diseño de Mejoras Geometricas Para Agilizar el Transito en las Rampas de Acceso de la PR-52 Hacia y Desde Juana Diaz" (Press release). Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas. November 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Municipio de Ponce Repavimenta la PR-2". El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico (in Spanish). September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Section D: Puerto Rico Highways" (PDF). Latin America Trade and Transportation Study. Mississippi Department of Transportation. March 2001. 
  9. ^ a b DeSimone, Tony (April 6, 2011). "Table 3: Interstate Routes in Each of the 50 States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  10. ^ DeSimone, Tony. "Additional Designations". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. June 4, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.