Puerto Rico Highway 52

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Highway 52
PRI-1
Autopista Luis A. Ferre Expressway
Route information
Maintained by Puerto Rico Dept. of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP)
Length: 67 mi (108 km)
Existed: 1969, 1975, 1996 – present
Major junctions
North end: PRI-1 / PR-18 / PR-1 in Río Piedras
 

PR-177 in San Juan
PR-199 in San Juan
PR-30 / PR-1 / PR-1 / PR-1 in Caguas
PR-34 / PR-196 in Downtown Caguas
PR-156 in Downtown Caguas
PR-34 in Downtown Caguas
PR-1 in Cayey
PR-53 in Salinas
PR-10 in Mercedita
PR-1 in Sabanetas

PR-12 in Playa
South end: PRI-2 / PR-2 / PR-2 in Ponce
Highway system

Puerto Rico Highways

PR-47 PR-53

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.

Route description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The building of this 108-kilometre (67 mi)[1] expressway took place during the administration of governor Luis A. Ferré, who was trained as a civil engineer himself. [2][3] It was built at a cost of $125 million.[4] 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.[5] On December 9, 1993, Law 118 was enacted which renamed the roadway Autopista Luis A. Ferre.[5] 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.[5] The road was completed in 1975 during the first administration of governor Rafael Hernández Colón.[6]

Photos[edit]

PR-52 near Santa Isabel 
PR-52 near Cayey and Salinas 

Exit list[edit]

Municipality Location km mi Exit Destinations Notes
San Juan   0.00 0.00 0A PR-18 north (PRI-1 north) – San Juan, Bayamón, Hato Rey North end of PR-52; PRI-1 continues northbound via PR-18. Access to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and hospitals.
  0.00 0.00 0B PR-1 east – Carolina, Río Piedras, Trujillo Alto No northbound access to PR-1 south.
  0.90 0.56 1 PR-177 – Guaynabo, Bayamón, Cupey Southbound exits signed as 1A (west) and 1B (east)
  2.40 1.49 2 PR-199 – Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto, Cupey
  4.10 2.55 4 Avenida Montehiedra / Camino Los Romero – Caimito Toll on northbound on-ramp; signed as exits 4A and 4B southbound
Caguas   14.20 8.82 14 PR-1 south / PR-30 east – Caguas, Humacao Southbound exit
  15.50 9.63 15 PR-1 north – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río Cañas The exits from the northbound direction signed as 15A (North) and 15B (South).
  15.85 9.85 15A PR-1 – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río Cañas The exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 15.
  15.85 9.85 15B PR-1 south / PR-30 east – Caguas, Humacao, Gurabo The exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 14.
  18.40 11.43 18 PR-196 – Balroa, Valle Tolima The direct exit to Las Catalinas Mall.
  19.35 12.02 19 PR-156 – Aguas Buenas, Caguas
  20.45 12.71 20 Calle Degetau (PR-34)
  21.35 13.27 21 PR-172 – Caguas Sur, Cidra, Certenejas The direct exit to Menonita Caguas Regional Hospital and Plaza del Carmen Mall
  23.10 14.35 23 PR-1 – Caguas Sur, Borinquen
Cayey   32.15 19.98 32 PR-184 / PR-1 – Cidra, Guavate, Cayey Este This exit is just a few feet away from the border of Cidra and Cayey
  38.80 24.11 39 PR-1 – Cayey, Aibonito, Cidra Access to Centro Medico Menonita de Cayey
  49.20 30.57 Rest Area Northbound exit has access to PR-714.
Salinas   57.50 35.73 58 Albergue Olímpico Access via PR-1 / PR-712
  60.90 37.84 60 PR-53 east – Guayama Directional T interchange; The left southbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53
  61.50 38.21 61 PR-53 east – Guayama The northbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53.
  66.20 41.13 65 PR-1 – Salinas, Camp Santiago Toll on eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp
Santa Isabel   76.95 47.81 76 PR-153 – Santa Isabel, Coamo
  77.70 48.28 77 PR-545 – Gabia
  81.40 50.58 80 PR-536 – Descalabrado, Los Llanos Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Juana Díaz   91.20 56.67 91 PR-149 – Juana Díaz, Villalba, Fort Allen
Ponce   95.50 59.34 95 PR-506 – Coto Laurel
  98.00 60.89 98 PR-10 – Ponce Norte, Adjuntas, Mercedita Airport Signed as exits 98A (north) and 98B (south), access to San Lucas Hospital
  100.85 62.67 99 PR-1 – Ponce Centro, Mercedita Signed as exits 99A (west) and 99B (east)
  104.90 65.18 104 PR-12 / Avenida R. Cordero – Ponce Centro, Plaza del Caribe, Ponce Playa, Zona Portuaria Signed as exits 104A (north) and 104B (south)
  108.00 67.11 108 PR-2 (PRI-2) / Calle Baramaya – Ponce Oeste, 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

See also[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata

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