Puerto Rico Highway 52
Autopista Luis A. Ferre Expressway
|Maintained by Puerto Rico Dept. of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP)|
|Length:||67 mi (108 km)|
|Existed:||1969, 1975, 1996 – present|
|North end:||PRI-1 / PR-18 / PR-1 in Río Piedras|
PR-177 in San Juan
|South end:||PRI-2 / PR-2 / PR-2 in Ponce|
The Puerto Rico Highway 52 (PR-52) is a major toll road in Puerto Rico today known also as the Autopista Luis A. Ferré, it was formerly known as Expreso Las Americas. It runs from PR-1 in southwest Río Piedras and heads south until it intersects with highway PR-2 in Ponce. At its north end, the short PR-18 continues north from PR-52 towards San Juan. This short segment is known as Expreso Las Americas, the only segment of the route still unofficially bearing this name, since PR-18 is officially named Roberto Sánchez Vilella Expressway. The combined route of PR-18 and PR-52 is concurrent with the unsigned Interstate Highway PRI-1. PR-52 is a toll road. Toll stations are located in Caguas, Salinas, Juana Díaz, and Ponce.
PR-52 is Puerto Rico's longest and second most traveled tollway. The road is mostly a 2-lane road in each direction. The section between the Caguas toll and the town of Salinas goes across the Cordillera Central, resulting in a more curvy and hilly section than the other sections of the highway. It also experiences more fog and lower visibility than the rest of the road due to the altitude. The speed limit is also reduced in the area.
One of Puerto Rico's only 2 rest areas is located on this expressway. map The other rest area is located on PR-53 (northbound only) near Humacao/Naguabo municipality border although it is signed as a scenic zone and thus just like the rest area on PR-52, it has no facilities. map The rest area, however, has no relief, vending, or service facilities such as a restaurant or a gas station. The rest area does include an important monument, the Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño. The whimsical Tetas de Cayey are visible from this rest area as well.
PR-52 passes extremely close to the central town of Cidra between approximately kilometer markers 34 and 30. In fact, Exit 32 to Guavate is so close to the Cidra border that once the exit is taken and instead of going south to Guavate and Patillas through PR-184, going north it quickly ends at PR-1 and a welcome sign to Cidra is shown. The tollway itself never enters Cidra itself, but PR-1 (the parallel road from Ponce to San Juan) does.
The building of this 108-kilometre (67 mi) expressway took place during the administration of governor Luis A. Ferré, who was trained as a civil engineer himself.  It was built at a cost of $125 million. PR-52 was Puerto Rico's first toll road ever. Construction for this road started in October 1968 during the administration of governor Roberto Sánchez Vilella, also a trained engineer, and continued during Luis Ferre's tenure. It was then named Autopista Las Americas, and it was planned to run from San Juan to Ponce. On December 9, 1993, Law 118 was enacted which renamed the roadway Autopista Luis A. Ferre. The expressway is currently the longest in the island, but this will change when the 83-km-long PR-22 extends to Aguadilla. In March 1969 the roadway became a tolled expressway. The Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority reports that tolls were added to the highway to speed up its construction. The road was completed in 1975 during the first administration of governor Rafael Hernández Colón.
||This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.|
|San Juan||0.0||0.0||0||PRI-1 / PR-1 / PR-18 north – Río Piedras, Carolina||North end of PR-52. No northbound access to PR-1 south; PRI-1 continues northbound via PR-18.|
|1||PR-177 (Avenida Lomas Verdes, Bayamón, Cupey)||Southbound exits signed as 1A (west) and 1B (east)|
|2||PR-199 (Avenida Las Cumbres, Guaynabo)|
|4||Avenida Montehiedra, Caimito, Camino Los Romero||Toll on northbound on-ramp; signed as exits 4A and 4B southbound|
|Caguas||14||PR-1 south / PR-30 east – Caguas, Humacao||Southbound exit|
|15||PR-1 north – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río Cañas||The exits from the northbound direction signed as 15A (North) and 15B (South).|
|15A||PR-1 – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río Cañas||The exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 15.|
|15B||PR-1 south / PR-30 east – Caguas, Humacao||The exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 14.|
|18||PR-196 (Avenida Garrido, Aguas Buenas)||The direct exit to Las Catalinas Mall.|
|19||PR-156 – Aguas Buenas, Caguas|
|20||PR-34 (Calle Degetau)|
|21||PR-172 – Caguas Sur, Cidra, Certenejas||The direct exit to Menonita Caguas Regional Hospital and Plaza del Carmen Mall|
|23||PR-1 – Caguas Sur, Borinquen|
|Cayey||32||PR-184 – Cidra, Guavate, Cayey Este||This exit is just a few feet away from the border of Cidra and Cayey|
|39||PR-1 – Cayey, Aibonito, Cidra, Jajome|
|Rest Area||PR-714 – Cayey, Salinas||Northbound exit is accessible for PR-714.|
|Salinas||58||PR-1 / PR-712 – Albergue Olímpico|
|60||PR-53 east – Guayama||Directional T interchange; The left southbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53|
|61||PR-53 east – Guayama||The northbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53.|
|65||PR-1 – Salinas, Campamento Santiago||Toll on eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp|
|Santa Isabel||76||PR-153 – Santa Isabel, Coamo|
|77||PR-545 – Gabia|
|80||PR-536 – Descalabrado, Los Llanos||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|Juana Díaz||91||PR-149 – Juana Díaz, Villalba, Fort Allen|
|Ponce||95||PR-506 – Coto Laurel|
|98||PR-10 (Ponce Norte, Adjuntas, Aeropuerto)||Signed as exits 98A (north) and 98B (south)|
|99||PR-1 (Ponce Centro, Mercedita)||Signed as exits 99A (west) and 99B (east)|
|104||PR-12 – Ponce Centro, Avenida R. Cordero, Plaza del Caribe, Ponce Playa, Zona Portuaria||Signed as exits 104A (north) and 104B (south)|
|108||67||108||PRI-2 / PR-2 – Ponce Oeste, Calle Baramaya, Mayagüez, Guayanilla||Southwest end of Interstate PR1 and PR-52. Splits into PR-2|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- Ian James. "Former Puerto Rican Gov. Luis A Ferre dies." The Miami Herald. October 22. 2003
- Guía de Carreteras Principales
- Historia de las Carreteras de Puerto Rico. Primera Hora. March 13, 2006.
- Historia Government of Puerto Rico. Highway and Transportation Authority
- Legends of Puerto Rico