Teodoro Moscoso Bridge

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Teodoro Moscoso Bridge on the Lagoon
Operation Bootstrap.jpg
The bridge in March 2010
Carries 4 lanes of PR-17 (Jesus T. Piñeiro Expressway)
Crosses San Jose Lagoon
Locale San Juan, P.R. and Carolina, P.R.
Maintained by Autopistas de Puerto Rico
Design Low-level trestle girder bridge
Total length 2.25 kilometres (1.40 mi)[1]
Opened February 1994; 20 years ago (February 1994)
Toll Cars $3.25 both directions ($6.50 round trip)
Coordinates 18°25′28″N 66°01′29″W / 18.42444°N 66.02472°W / 18.42444; -66.02472

The Teodoro Moscoso Bridge is a bridge in Puerto Rico. It works as an extension of PR-17, also known as the Jesus T. Piñero Expressway, connecting this road with the Román Baldorioty de Castro Expressway (PR-26). It crosses the San José Lagoon thereby linking sectors of Rio Piedras in San Juan to Isla Verde Carolina neighbor. The bridge has become the new entrance to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. It was opened in 1994 under the administration of Governor Pedro Rosello, this construction being the first to be held under a Public Private Partnership in Puerto Rico.[2] The bridge consists of 6 lanes (two in each direction and a shoulder each side), electronic signs, a toll plaza with a fee of $3.25 going and $3.25 returning,[3] and flagpoles on both sides of the bridge with American and Puerto Rican flags.

Etymology[edit]

The bridge is named after Teodoro Moscoso, known as "the architect of Operation Bootstrap", a plan of economic expansion after World War II.

History[edit]

On the bridge is held one of the largest 10K race in the world; The World's Best 10K attracting thousands of local and international competitors each year. As of 2013, the standard toll FEE is $3.25 collected on the South Shore for southbound and northbound traffic, making the most expensive toll fare in Puerto Rico.[3] It is the first project of privatization of road on the island and across the United States.[2] It measures 1.4 miles (2.3 km) in length.[2] It serves as the main entrance to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.[2] It will connect the airport with the upscale Mall of San Juan (expected to open on March 2015).[2] It is one of the longest bridges in Puerto Rico.[2] It was built with an investment of $126.8 million.[2]

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