Puerto Rico Highway 22

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Puerto Rico Toll Roads markerPuerto Rico Primary Highway 22 marker

Highway 22
José de Diego Expressway
PR-22 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico
Length83.70 km[1] (52.01 mi)
Major junctions
West end PR-2 in Hatillo
 
East end PR-26 in San Juan
Highway system
PR-21PR-23
PR-22 enters the city of San Juan. The San Juan skyline is visible in the background.
PR-22 begins in San Juan through Minillas Tunnel.
PR-22, sign for exits 75 A-B, PR-10 Arecibo, Utuado, Adjuntas.
PR-22, sign for exits 57, Florida Farmacéuticas.

PR-22 (also part of unsigned Interstate PR2) is a 83.70 km (52.01 mi)[1] long toll road in the north coast of Puerto Rico that connects the cities of San Juan and Hatillo. The road is also known as the José de Diego Expressway (Spanish: Expreso José de Diego), and is part of unsigned Interstate PR-2. It is a 4-lane road for much of its length, but expands to up to 12 lanes in the San Juan metro area. The road is frequently congested, in particular during rush hour due to heavy commuter traffic.

Route description[edit]

PR-22 is Puerto Rico's most traveled highway.[2] PR-22 runs parallel to PR-2 and is concurrent with unsigned Interstate Highway PRI-2. Unlike PR-22, PR-2 is not a controlled-access road, and has numerous traffic signals throughout the full run of its course. The construction of highway PR-22 reduced congestion on PR-2. The eastern terminus is at PR-26 (a non-tolled freeway) in Santurce, and passes through the Minillas Tunnel before its terminus at PR-26. The freeway bypasses all of the cities PR-2 passes through (see below under "Course of the Expressway"). PR-22's western terminus is at PR-2 in Hatillo. From there, PR-2 and Interstate PRI-2 continues to Aguadilla and Mayagüez, ending in Ponce.

History[edit]

Construction of this road began in 1969. The section from San Juan to Toa Baja opened in 1969 and in 1997 to Arecibo.[3] Construction of the road was partially funded from appropriations of the U.S. Interstate Highway System.[4]

Future[edit]

PR-22 is planned to be extended to Aguadilla.[5] The extension will be built as part of a public–private partnership, who will maintain and operate PR-22 for the next 40 years.

Privatization[edit]

The Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico consortium, comprised by Abertis Infraestructuras and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners II LP, placed the winning bid for the 40-year PR-22 and PR-5 highway concession. The highways generate between $90 million and $95 million annually in toll revenue, which will now go to the private operators.[6]

Exit list[edit]

MunicipalityLocationkmmiExitDestinationsNotes
San JuanSanturce0.000.00 PR-26 (PRI-3 / Expreso Román Baldorioty de Castro) – San Juan, Condado Centro, Santurce, Carolina, Airport, Isla VerdeEast end of Interstate PR2 and PR-22. Splits into PR-26 and Interstate PR3.
0.900.560 PR-35 east (Avenida Manuel Fernández Juncos) / PR-25 west (Avenida Juan Ponce de León) / PR-37 north (Avenida De Diego) – SanturceExits are signed as Exit 0A, Exit 0B, but Exit 0C in the tunnel are unsigned. These exits are only accessible in eastbound direction. Access to Pavía Santurce and Doctors' Center Hospital-San Juan.
1.250.781 PR-1 to PR-2 south – San Juan, Bayamón, Guaynabo, Hato Rey, SanturceSigned as Exits 1A and 1B.
Hato Rey Norte2.601.622A PR-18 south (PRI-1 / Expreso Las Américas) – Río Piedras, Cupey, Caguas
3.001.863Avenida Roosevelt / Calle Calaf – Plaza Las AméricasEastbound exit signed as 2B.
Gobernador Piñero4.572.845 PR-2 north (Expreso John F. Kennedy) / Avenida José de Diego – Sector Bechara, Puerto NuevoPR-2 northbound is accessible from PR-22 westbound, and PR-2 southbound is accessible from Exit 6.
GuaynaboPueblo Viejo5.713.556 PR-2 (Expreso Rafael Martínez Nadal / Expreso John F. Kennedy) – Caguas, Guaynabo, San Patricio, San Juan, Hato Rey, SanturceSigned as Exits 6A and 6B. In westbound direction there is an exit (Exit 5) to PR-2 northbound after Exit 2B.
6.904.297 PR-165 – Cataño, Zona Portuaria, Fort Buchanan, San PatricioExits signed 7A and 7B
BayamónJuan Sánchez9.906.159 PR-5 – Bayamón, Cataño
10.106.2810 PR-5 south (Expreso Río Hondo) – BayamónOnly westbound direction. This is a new version (freeway version) of original access exit (Exit 9).
10.906.7711 PR-869 north – Palmas
Hato Tejas12.717.9013 PR-167 (Avenida Ramón Luis Rivera) – Bayamón Centro, Comerío, LevittownAccess to Bayamón station
Toa BajaSabana Seca15.609.6916 PR-866 – La Arena, Base Naval, Sabana Seca
Candelaria17.4210.8217 PR-865 / PR-866 – Campanilla, Candelaria
Media Luna22.3313.8822 PR-165 – Toa Baja, Dorado, Toa Alta, CorozalWestbound exits are signed as 22A (north) and 22B (south).
DoradoMaguayo24.0014.9124 PR-693 / PR-659 – Dorado, Toa Alta
Higuillar27.5217.1027 PR-694 / PR-695 – Vega Alta, Maguayo, Higuillar
Vega AltaSabana31.7019.7031 PR-690 – Cerro GordoWestbound exit only; no re-entry
Bajura32.8520.4132 PR-2 – Vega Alta, Vega Baja
Vega BajaAlmirante Norte35.7822.2335 PR-160 – Almirante Norte
Río Abajo37.7023.4338Avenida Trío Vegabajeño – Vega BajaWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Algarrobo41.6725.8942 PR-137 (Expreso Ángel "Tony" Laureano) / PR-2 – Morovis, Vega Baja
ManatíCoto Norte46.0028.5846 PR-686 – Manati, Tierras NuevasWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
47.6929.6348 PR-149 south – Manatí Centro, Ciales
BarcelonetaFlorida Afuera55.0534.2155 PR-140 – Barceloneta
56.9235.3757 PR-140 – Florida, Farmacéuticas
AreciboFactor64.9040.3364 PR-2 / PR-683 – Garrochales, FactorToll with electronic toll collection
Domingo Ruiz71.0044.1271 PR-638 – Domingo Ruiz, BajaderoAccess to Antonio (Nery) Juarbe Pol Airport
Tanamá74.9446.5775 PR-10 – Arecibo, Utuado, AdjuntasSigned as exits 75A (north) and 75B (south)
Hato Abajo77.9548.4477 PR-129 – Arecibo, Lares, San SebastiánSigned as exits 77A (north) and 77B (south)
HatilloCarrizales83.8052.0784 PR-2 (PRI-2 west) – Hatillo, Aguadilla, Mayagüez, AreciboWest end of PR-22. Splits into PR-2; Interstate PR2 continues westbound via PR-2 as an At-grade traffic light expressway.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Toll plazas[edit]

PR-22 is maintained by a system of tolls managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works.[7] All of its toll plazas have express lanes. After June 17, 2017, the seven tolls plaza of the PR-22 will become bidirectional.

Location Toll Direction E-Z Pass
acceptance
E-Z Pass
(Cash)
lane
Hatillo $0.70 Two-way Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Arecibo / Factor $0.70 Two-way(ramp) Yes check.svg X mark.svg
Arecibo $1.00 Two-way Yes check.svg X mark.svg
Manatí $1.00 Two-way Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Vega Alta $0.70 Two-way Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Toa Baja $0.70 Two-way Yes check.svg Yes check.svg
Guaynabo / Fort Buchanan $0.70 Two-way Yes check.svg Yes check.svg

Originally, PR-22 had only five toll plazas (Hatillo, Vega Alta, Toa Baja, Fort Buchanan, and the Factor ramp); the Arecibo and Manatí toll plazas were added in the early 1990s.

The future segment from Aguadilla to Hatillo is expected to have four additional toll plazas;[8] however, it remains to be seen whether they will be one way or two way.

As of 2014–2015, plans are underway to implement Open road tolling (ORT) and currently on many stretches of PR-22; Cash is no longer accepted to pay tolls with the exception of replenishing the toll tag.

On June 17, 2017 the new two-way collection rates cames into effect by AutoExpreso in PR-22 and PR-5.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map:

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