Puerto Rico Highway 52

PR-52 near Santa Isabel

Puerto Rico Highway 52 (PR-52), a major toll road in Puerto Rico, is also known as Autopista Luis A. Ferré. It was formerly called Expreso Las Américas. 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 runs concurrent with the unsigned Interstate Highway PRI-1. Toll stations are located in San Juan, Caguas, Salinas, Juana Díaz, and Ponce.

Puerto Rico Toll Roads markerPuerto Rico Primary Highway 52 marker

Highway 52
Autopista Luis A. Ferré
PR-52 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Puerto Rico DTPW
Length67.29 mi[1] (108.29 km)
Major junctions
South end PR-2 / PR-9 in Ponce
North end PR-1 / PR-18 in Río Piedras
Highway system

Route descriptionEdit

Detailed map of PR-52 in the Municipality of 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 crosses 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 speed limit from San Juan to Caguas is 55 miles per hour (89 km/h). From Caguas to Salinas, it is 45 miles per hour (72 km/h), and from Salinas to Ponce, it is 65 miles per hour (105 km/h).


The building of this 108-kilometer (67 mi)[2] expressway took place during the administration of governor Luis A. Ferré, who was trained as a civil engineer himself. [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]

On July 22, 2019, more than half a million Puerto Ricans shut down PR-52 demanding the resignation of the then governor, Ricardo Rosselló, following a leaked Telegram chat between the governor and several members of his cabinet.

Exit listEdit

San JuanMonacillo Urbano0.000.000A   PR-18 north (PRI-1 / Expreso Las Américas) – San Juan, Bayamón, Hato ReyNorth end of PR-52; PRI-1 continues northbound via PR-18. Access to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and hospitals.
0.000.000B  PR-1 east – Carolina, Río Piedras, Trujillo AltoNo northbound access to PR-1 south.
Monacillo0.900.561  PR-177 (Avenida Lomas Verdes) – Guaynabo, Bayamón, CupeySouthbound exits signed as 1A (west) and 1B (east)
2.401.492  PR-199 (Avenida Doña Felisa Rincón de Gautier) – Guaynabo, Trujillo Alto, Cupey
Caimito4.102.554Avenida Montehiedra / Camino Los Romero – CaimitoToll on northbound on-ramp; signed as exits 4A and 4B southbound
CaguasBairoa14.208.8214   PR-1 south / PR-30 east (Expreso Cruz Ortiz Stella) – Caguas, HumacaoSouthbound exit
15.509.6315  PR-1 north – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río CañasThe exits from the northbound direction signed as 15A (North) and 15B (South).
15.859.8515A  PR-1 north – San Juan, Guaynabo, Río CañasThe exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 15.
15.859.8515B   PR-1 south / PR-30 east – Caguas, Humacao, GuraboThe exit from the southbound direction signed as Exit 14.
18.4011.4318  PR-196 (Avenida José Garrido) – Bairoa, Valle TolimaThe direct exit to Las Catalinas Mall.
Caguas19.3512.0219  PR-156 – Aguas Buenas, Caguas
Cañaboncito20.4512.7120Calle Degetau (PR-34)
21.3513.2721   PR-172 – Caguas Sur, Cidra, CertenejasThe direct exit to Menonita Caguas Regional Hospital and Plaza del Carmen Mall
Turabo23.1014.3523  PR-1 – Caguas Sur, Borinquen
CayeyBeatriz32.1519.9832   PR-184 / PR-1 – Cidra, Guavate, Cayey EsteThis exit is just a few feet away from the border of Cidra and Cayey
Monte Llano38.8024.1139   PR-1 – Cayey, Aibonito, CidraAccess to Centro Médico Menonita de Cayey
SalinasPalmas49.2030.57Rest AreaNorthbound exit has access to PR-714.
Lapa57.5035.7358   PR-1 / PR-712 – Albergue OlímpicoAccess via PR-1 / PR-712
60.9037.8460  PR-53 east (Expreso José M. Dávila Monsanto) – GuayamaDirectional T interchange; The left southbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53
61.5038.2161  PR-53 east (Expreso José M. Dávila Monsanto) – GuayamaThe northbound exit into the southwestern terminus of PR-53.
66.2041.1365  PR-1 – Salinas, Campamento SantiagoToll on eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp
Santa IsabelFelicia 276.9547.8176  PR-153 – Santa Isabel, Coamo
Descalabrado77.7048.2877  PR-545 – Gabia
81.4050.5880  PR-536 – Descalabrado, Los LlanosWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Juana DíazAmuelas91.2056.6791  PR-149 – Juana Díaz, Villalba, Fort Allen
PonceCoto Laurel95.5059.3495  PR-506 – Coto Laurel
Sabanetas98.0060.8998   PR-10 – Ponce Norte, Adjuntas, Mercedita AirportSigned as exits 98A (north) and 98B (south), access to San Lucas Hospital
Vayas100.8562.6799  PR-1 – Ponce Centro, MerceditaSigned as exits 99A (west) and 99B (east)
Playa104.9065.18104  PR-12 / Avenida Rafael Cordero Santiago – Ponce Centro, Plaza del Caribe, Ponce Playa, Zona PortuariaSigned as exits 104A (north) and 104B (south)
Canas108.0067.11108  PR-2 (PRI-2) / Calle Baramaya – Ponce Oeste, Mayagüez, GuayanillaSouthwest end of Interstate PR1 and PR-52. Splits into PR-2
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Toll PlazasEdit

Location Toll Direction E-Z Pass
E-Z Pass
Replenishment Lanes
Montehiedra $0.35 Eastbound(Ramp)    
Caguas Norte $1.50 Eastbound    
Caguas Sur $1.00 Westbound    
Salinas $1.75 Eastbound    
Rampa Salinas Sur $0.35 Eastbound    
Juana Díaz Este $0.50 Eastbound    
Juana Díaz Oeste $0.50 Westbound    
Ponce $0.75 Two-way    


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works. "Datos de Transito 2000-2009" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ Guía de Carreteras Principales, Expresos y Autopistas. (In Spanish) Puerto Rico Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportacion (ACT).
  3. ^ Ian James. "Former Puerto Rican Gov. Luis A Ferre dies." The Miami Herald. October 22. 2003
  4. ^ Historia de las Carreteras de Puerto Rico. Primera Hora. March 13, 2006.
  5. ^ a b c "Historia". Government of Puerto Rico. Highway and Transportation Authority. Archived from the original on 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^ Legends of Puerto Rico Archived 2010-09-28 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

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