- Puerto Rico Highway 22
alternate_name=PR-22, PRI-2Jose De Diego Expressway
maint=Puerto Rico Dept. of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP)
Arecibo, Bayamon, Guaynabo, San Juan
system=Puerto Rico Highway System
PR-22 ( also part of unsigned Interstate PR2 ) is a 51-mileFact|date=February 2008 (83-km) long
toll roadin the north coast of Puerto Ricothat connects the cities of San Juan and Arecibo. The road is also known as the "Jose de Diego Expressway" (Spanish: "Expreso 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, thanks to heavy commuter traffic.The road is part of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. [U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reports/routefinder/index.cfm FHWA Route Log and Finder List.] Additional Designations. Retrieved on February 20, 2008.] PR-22 is maintained by a system of tolls managed by the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works [http://www.dtop.gov.pr/] . All of its toll plazas have express lanes. There are eastbound tolls in Hatillo, Vega Altaand Guaynabo. Westbound tolls are found in Toa Bajaand Manati. The Arecibotoll plaza collects tolls in both directions. All toll plazas have restroom facilities; the Vega Alta toll plaza also has an ATM.
PR-22 runs parallel to PR-2. Unlike PR-22, PR-2 is not a
controlled-accessroad, 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 continues to Aguadillaand Mayaguez, ending in Ponce.
PR-22 is planned to be extended to AguadillaFact|date=February 2008, but plans to turn PR-2 to a
freewayFact|date=February 2008 are also considered to prevent damage to the dairy industryFact|date=February 2008, one of the major industries in the areaFact|date=February 2008.
Course of the Expressway
The following is the list of municipalities/towns which PR-22 cuts through, in order from San Juan to Hatillo (westbound):
Cataño Guaynabo Bayamón Toa Baja Vega Alta Vega Baja Manatí Arecibo
Puerto Rico Highway 2
Puerto Rico Highway 1
Puerto Rico Highway 10
Puerto Rico Highway 52
Interstate Highway System
Links to the U. S. Eisenhower Interstate Highway System
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