Puerto Rico Highway 2

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Highway 2

Ruta 2
PR-2 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Puerto Rico DTPW
Length230.2 km[1] (143.0 mi)
ExistedLate 1940s[2]–present
Major junctions
From PR-1 / PR-133 in San Antón
Major intersections
To PR-26 in Santurce
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
MunicipalitiesPonce, Peñuelas, Guayanilla, Yauco, Guánica, Sabana Grande, San Germán, Hormigueros, Mayagüez, Añasco, Aguada, Aguadilla, Moca, Isabela, Quebradillas, Camuy, Hatillo, Arecibo, Barceloneta, Manatí, Vega Baja, Vega Alta, Dorado, Toa Baja, Bayamón, Guaynabo, San Juan
Highway system
PR-1 PR-3
PR-200RPR-2R PR-3R

Puerto Rico Highway 2 (PR-2) is a road in Puerto Rico that connects the cities of San Juan and Ponce. At 156 miles (230 km) long, it is Puerto Rico's longest singled-signed highway.[3]

The road runs counter-clockwise from San Juan to Ponce. PR-2 runs parallel to the northern coast of Puerto Rico (west of San Juan), then parallel to the west coast from near Aguadilla running south through Mayagüez. Shortly after Mayagüez, the road runs somewhat inland (through Hormigueros, San Germán and Sabana Grande) until it reaches the southern coast of Puerto Rico at Yauco, and continues to run parallel the southern shore as it approaches Ponce from the west. In addition to Arecibo, Aguadilla, and Mayagüez, the road runs through various other cities including Guaynabo, Bayamón, San Germán and Yauco.[4] In some sections the road is a four-lane highway while in other sections the road is either a six-lane or eight-lane highway.

The section of PR-2 from Ponce to the PR-22 interchange in Hatillo forms part of the unsigned Interstate Highway PRI-2. PRI-2 originally included the entire route of PR-2 until the construction of PR-22, which has since been assigned the PRI-2 designation from its western terminus in Hatillo to its eastern terminus in San Juan.

Route description

San Juan to Hatillo

Puerto Rico Highway 2 starts off in San Juan as an 8-lane road and heads west roughly parallel to the northern shore of the island. It makes its way through the Caparra section of San Juan, intersecting with Route 22, which provides access to San Juan's Santurce ward and to the cities of Carolina and Caguas. Heading west, PR-2 traverses the cities of Guaynabo and Bayamon as a heavily used road. In addition to numerous residential communities, PR-2 also provides access to malls, movie theaters, restaurants, hospitals, and various colleges and universities, among other facilities in this area.

The road then serves the towns of Toa Baja, Dorado, and Vega Baja and Vega Alta. In these areas the road experiences heavy traffic. Continuing west, Puerto Rico Highway 2 next serves the industrial towns of Manatí and Barceloneta providing access to several pharmaceutical companies, among other sources of employment outside the agricultural sector. In this area the road is also the main road to intersections leading to the beaches of Los Tubos, Mar Chiquita, Tortuguero, Puerto de las Vacas, and Las Criollas.

The next major city on the road is Arecibo. On PR-2, in the eastern part of Arecibo is the longest bridge in Puerto Rico.[5] PR-2 also intersects with PR-10 for access to the interior of the island as well as Ponce on the southern shore. After Arecibo the road then makes its way to the town of Hatillo where it meets with the current western terminus of the new PR-22 expressway.[3]

Hatillo to Mayagüez

Puerto Rico Highway 2
Heading east in Aguadilla
Heading north in Mayagüez

West of its interchange with PR-22 in Hatillo, PR-2 becomes a primary road and meets several important highways that serve the center of the island such as PR-119, PR-110 and PR-112. This stretch of the highway contains a multitude of traffic lights. Following Hatillo the roads traverses the towns of Camuy, Quebradillas and Isabela. At Isabela, PR-2 provides access to roads leading to various beaches, including Blue Hole, Guajataca, and Jobos.

In the city of Aguadilla, PR-2 turns south at its intersection with PR-107, on its course towards the western city and seaport of Mayagüez. In this area Puerto Rico Highway 2 provides access to Aguadilla's Rafael Hernandez airport, as well as to various area beach resorts. The trip from Aguadilla to Mayagüez takes about 30 minutes, and PR-2 has fewer traffic lights in this stretch of the road than those experienced so far anywhere from its San Juan terminus starting point.

Mayagüez to Hormigueros

PR-2 is a major 6-lane highway in Mayagüez, which is one of the major cities in Puerto Rico. It intersect with PR-102 and PR-64, which serve as by-pass routes. The farm to market PR-102 highway also has access to PR-2 through the new Puerto Rico Highway 63, another important intersection of Puerto Rico Highway 2. As it traverses the city of Mayagüez, PR-2 is the main road for access to the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and the Mayagüez Zoo. Also, further south, PR-2 provides access to the Mayagüez Mall, which is Puerto Rico's third largest shopping center and several medical facilities. The road then continues south through the municipality of Hormigueros.

Hormigueros to Ponce

PR-2 as a freeway in San Germán. Continues this way until Ponce

Heading southeastward passed Hormigueros, PR-2 becomes a four-lane controlled-access freeway in its way to Ponce. It has several exits in the municipalities of San Germán, Sabana Grande, Guánica, Yauco, Guayanilla and Peñuelas. In this agricultural section, PR-2 provides access to some of Puerto Rico's southern beaches, such as Boquerón. The road is also within a few minutes' drive from the Guánica Dry Forest state park.

As the road makes its way through the hills of Peñuelas' barrio Tallaboa, the ruins of the abandoned 1970s CORCO oil refinery as well as its PPG supplier are visible to the right. Puerto Rico Highway 2 provides access to many rural communities in this stretch of the road. As it approaches Ponce, PR-2 becomes an 8-lane divided highway again. Before its entry to the municipality of Ponce, Peñón de Ponce is a prominent promontory to the left of the road while El Tuque beach will be visible to the right. There are also various hotels in the area. In the Las Cucharas section of this area, there is also a good selection of restaurants by the shore, serving mostly seafood. Construction of the Ponce-to-Peñuelas stretch of PR-2 was completed in the early 1960s after construction work that began with the building of bridges over Río Matilde, Río Portugués, and Río Bucaná.[6]


Puerto Rico Highway 2 in Ponce
Heading west in Barrio Playa
Heading west in Barrio San Antón
Map of the southern terminus of PR-2 in the municipality of Ponce

The road is an 8-lane divided highway in its western approach to Ponce. After its intersection with the PR-52 expressway, the road becomes a 6-lane at-grade roadway in the city of Ponce. It provides access to barrios Canas, Playa, Canas Urbano, San Antón, Bucaná, and Sabanetas. It provides access to four of Ponce's beaches, to the Damas and Dr. Pila hospitals, to various shopping plazas including the Plaza del Caribe Mall and Centro del Sur Mall, the Puerto Rico Judicial Center, the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce, the Mercedita Airport, and numerous restaurants and other facilities. The PR-2 segment corresponding to the city of Ponce was built in the late 1940s and is known as the "Ponce By-Pass",[2] since it was used to "bypass" the urban and commercial city center when traveling due east from western towns such as Guayanilla, Yauco, San Germán, and Mayagüez, to towns in eastern Puerto Rico such as Salinas, Guayama, Cayey, Caguas, and San Juan. The section of PR-2 between Guayanilla and Ponce opened in 1965.[7]

As the road makes its way through the city of Ponce, it is also known as the Ponce Bypass.[8] The Ponce Bypass intersects with seven major roads: PR-2R (Carretera Pámpanos), with access to the Estadio Francisco Montaner; PR-585 (Avenida Eduardo Ruberté), which leads to barrio Playa; PR-123 (Avenida Hostos), leading to the Museo de Arte de Ponce and historic downtown Ponce; PR-12 (Avenida Santiago de los Caballeros), leading to La Guancha Boardwalk and the Port of the Americas; and PR-163 (Avenida Julio Enrique Monagas) leading to Julio Enrique Monagas Family Park and Museo de Arte de Ponce. The road's last intersection in Ponce as well as its western terminus is at its intersection with PR-133 westbound (Calle Comercio, a.k.a. Avenida Ednita Nazario) and PR-1 eastbound (Avenida La Ceiba). PR-133 heads west to Ceiba Tree Park and PR-1 heads east to Mercedita Airport. After this dual intersection at PR-133/PR-1 the road seamlessly becomes a 4-lane thoroughfare called Miguel A. Pou Boulevard, the city's main artery into the Ponce Historic Zone.

Municipalities served

PR-2 runs through 26 municipalities. Cataño, Rincón, Cabo Rojo and Lajas are the only coastal municipalities in Puerto Rico (west of San Juan and Ponce) that PR-2 does not pass in the way from San Juan to Ponce, though PR-2 is less than one mile from the limits between Hormigueros and Cabo Rojo at its intersection with PR-100. PR-2 passes through a small segment of the municipality of Guánica, only slightly over a mile long. PR-2 also passes near Moca in the vicinity of Aguadilla, less than a mile away.

The following are the municipalities through which PR-2 runs, in counterclockwise from San Juan to Ponce:


Old stretch of PR-2 between Añasco and Mayagüez
Puente de Añasco between Añasco and Mayagüez

PR-2 has been in use for many decades. It was initially a 2-lane road. It experienced enhancements throughout the years. In the northern coast of the island, the need for a better road was addressed with the construction of PR-22, a new 4-lane road parallel to PR-2.

In the southern and southwestern part of the island, this need was addressed by improvements to the exiting PR-2 road, which was already a 4-lane road. In this stretch, during the mid 2000s to early 2010s, the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) converted most segments of PR-2 between Mayagüez and Ponce into a limited access expressway. The segment between Hormigueros and San German, in particular, suffered from several at-grade intersections that slowed down travel time considerably. In an effort to increase the controlled access, freeway-style character of the highway, all at-grade intersections were either replaced by overpasses or eliminated altogether. The last intersection to be converted was PR-2's intersection with PR-345 in Hormigueros.

As for the western section of PR-2, the DTOP has also eyed the stretch between Mayaguez to Aguadilla for conversion into a freeway. This would occur between the future western terminus of Puerto Rico Highway 22 in Aguadilla to the Mayaguez city limits.[9] The PR-22 extension to Aguadilla was planned for completion in 2016,[9] and freeway conversion of the Aguadilla-to-Mayaguez segment of PR-2 was slanted to begin shortly afterward.

Improvements and PR-22

Due to the high population density on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, a new, limited access expressway, PR-22 (also known as Autopista José de Diego), was built parallel to highway PR-2. The goal was to reduce congestion on highway PR-2. Highway PR-22 has several exits that provide access to highway PR-2. Highway PR-22 ends in the municipality of Hatillo, just west of the city of Arecibo. In Hatillo, highway PR-2 meets highway PR-22. During its entire length, from San Juan to Hatillo, the two highways run parallel with each other. Plans are in place to extend PR-22 to Aguadilla.[10]

Major intersections

PonceSan Antón230.2143.0

PR-1 / PR-133 west (Avenida Ednita Nazario) to PR-52 (Autopista Luis A. Ferré) – Ponce, San Juan
Clockwise terminus of PR-2; PR-52 exit 101A

PR-163 north (Avenida Julio Enrique Monagas) – Ponce
PR-12 (Avenida Santiago de los Caballeros) to PR-52 (Autopista Luis A. Ferré) – Ponce, San Juan, Juana Díaz
PR-52 exit 104A; diamond interchange
Playa227.7141.5 PR-123 (Avenida Eugenio María de Hostos) – Ponce
Canas UrbanoPlaya line226.1–
PR-585 (Avenida Eduardo Ruberté Bisó) – Ponce

PR-2R north (Carretera Pámpanos) / PR-5549 – Ponce
PR-9 north (Avenida Baramaya) – Ponce
Western terminus of Ponce Bypass; eastern terminus of Expreso Roberto Sánchez Vilella; partial cloverleaf interchange
PR-52 north (Autopista Luis A. Ferré) – San Juan, Santa Isabel, Playa
PeñuelasEncarnación214.5133.3214 PR-127 – Tallaboa PonientePartial cloverleaf interchange
Tallaboa Saliente213.2–
213 PR-385 (Desvío Ángel Miguel Candelario Arce) – PeñuelasPartial cloverleaf interchange
GuayanillaMagas206.9128.6207 PR-127 – Guayanilla, MagasDiamond interchange
PR-132 north (Carretera Juan C. Torres Irizarry) / PR-136 (Avenida Pedro Albizu Campos) – Guayanilla, Peñuelas
Diamond interchange
YaucoJácana199.6124.0200 PR-359 (Carretera General Mihiel Gilormini Pacheco) – Yauco, CambalacheDiamond interchange
Susúa Baja198.1123.1198 PR-128 (Avenida Pedro Albizu Campos) / PR-3334 – YaucoDiamond interchange
GuánicaSusúa Baja194.3–
PR-116 south (Avenida Manuel "Pito" Pagán Ramírez) – Guánica, Lajas, Parguera
Trumpet interchange
Sabana GrandeRayo186.4–
187 PR-117 – Lajas, PargueraDiamond interchange
To PR-121 (Avenida Vicente Quilinche) / Calle Martínez Vega – Sabana Grande
Diamond interchange
San GermánMinillas180.5112.2181 PR-102 – Sabana GrandeDiamond interchange
Caín Alto175.1–
PR-122 south (Avenida Ángel Casto Pérez) – San Germán, Lajas, Parguera
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Caín Bajo173.0–
172 PR-119 – Maricao, Las MaríasWestern terminus of Expreso Roberto Sánchez Vilella; southeastern terminus of Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos; diamond interchange
HormiguerosHormigueros barrio-pueblo163.5101.6163–162
PR-309 / PR-319 south – Hormigueros
PR-100 south (Avenida Antonio J. "Tony" Fas Alzamora) – Cabo Rojo
Trumpet interchange
160.499.7 PR-343 – Hormigueros

PR-114 south (Avenida Santa Teresa Jornet) / PR-239 north (Calle Ramón Emeterio Betances) – Mayagüez
Mayagüez barrio-pueblo156.2–

PR-63 west (Avenida William C. Dunscombe) – Joyuda
PR-239 south (Bulevar Alfonso Valdés Cobián) – Mayagüez
Former PR-2R
Mayagüez barrio-puebloMiradero line152.9–

PR-3108 east (Paseo Juan Mari Brás) – Algarrobos, Miradero
Northwestern terminus of Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos; southern terminus of Expreso Miguel A. García Méndez
Mayagüez barrio-pueblo152.594.8 PR-102 – Zona PortuariaNo left turn from PR-2 southbound; no access across PR-2
PR-104 (Carretera Dr. Victoriano Quintana Muñiz) – Algarrobos
Sabanetas149.092.6 PR-64 (Avenida Alcalde Benjamín Cole Vázquez) / PR-342 – El Maní, Miradero, Sabanetas
Río Grande de Añasco146.4–
Puente Salcedo[11]
AñascoAñasco Abajo145.7–

PR-109 east / PR-115 west (Avenida Profesor Tomás Bonilla Feliciano) – Añasco, Rincón
Northern terminus of Expreso Miguel A. García Méndez; southwestern terminus of Expreso Rafael Hernández, "El Jibarito"
Caracol143.188.9 PR-402 – Añasco, Rincón
Quebrada Larga141.387.8 PR-110 (Carretera Pedro "Don Pello" Acevedo Hernández) – Marías
AguadaGuanábano134.483.5 PR-417 – Aguada, Naranjo

PR-111 east (Carretera Enrique Laguerre) / PR-1107 north (Avenida Victoria) to PR-115 (Avenida Profesor Tomás Bonilla Feliciano) – Aguadilla, Aguada, Moca
Partial cloverleaf interchange
Caimital Bajo127.679.3128

PR-2 Spur west (Avenida San Carlos) – Aguadilla
Trumpet interchange
PR-107 north (Carretera Pedro Albizu Campos) – Punta Borinquen, Aeropuerto Rafael Hernández
Northeastern terminus of Expreso Rafael Hernández, "El Jibarito"; western terminus of Carretera José Joaquín "Yiye" Ávila
Caimital AltoCeiba Baja line119.574.3
PR-110 north (Avenida Miguel Ángel García Méndez) – Punta Borinquen, Aeropuerto Rafael Hernández
Western terminus of PR-110 concurrency
Ceiba Baja118.373.5 PR-110 (Carretera Antonio Cabán Vale, "El Topo") – MocaEastern terminus of PR-110 concurrency; eastern terminus of Carretera José Joaquín "Yiye" Ávila
MocaNo major intersections
IsabelaGuerrero113.170.3 PR-112 (Carretera Luis A. "Toñito" Pérez) – Arenales BajosWestern terminus of PR-112 concurrency
GuerreroMora line112.970.2 PR-112 (Avenida Sargento Agustín Ramos Calero) – IsabelaEastern terminus of PR-112 concurrency
GuerreroArenales Bajos
Mora tripoint
PR-212 north (Carretera Santiago Polanco Abreu) / PR-4494 (Avenida Félix Aldarondo Santiago) – Isabela
Coto105.165.3 PR-113 – IsabelaWestern terminus of PR-113 concurrency; no left turn from PR-113
Río Guajataca104.464.9Puente Elvira[11]
QuebradillasTerranova103.664.4 PR-113 – QuebradillasEastern terminus of PR-113 concurrency; no left turn from PR-113
CamuyNo major intersections
HatilloHatillo barrio-pueblo87.9–
PR-130 (Avenida Pablo J. Aguilar) – Hatillo, Lares
HatilloHatillo barrio-pueblo line86.553.7 PR-119 (Avenida Doctor Francisco Susoni) – Hatillo
PR-22 east (Autopista José de Diego) – Lares, Utuado, San Juan
Trumpet interchange
AreciboArecibo barrio-pueblo77.348.0
PR-129 south (Avenida San Luis) – Lares

PR-10 south to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Utuado, San Juan
PR-22 exit 75A
Factor65.340.6 PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) / PR-683 – Manatí, Morovis, San Juan, Hatillo, Aguadilla, MayagüezPR-22 exit 64
BarcelonetaFlorida Afuera58.2–
PR-140 (Carretera Benito de Jesús Negrón) – Barceloneta, Florida
PR-140 (Carretera Benito de Jesús Negrón) to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Barceloneta, San Juan, Arecibo
PR-22 exit 55
ManatíCoto Norte48.4–

PR-149 (Carretera Fernando "Nando" Otero Sánchez) to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Ciales, San Juan, Barceloneta, Arecibo
PR-22 exit 48
Vega BajaAlgarrobo42.826.6

PR-137 south (Expreso Ángel "Tony" Laureano Martínez) to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Morovis, San Juan, Arecibo
PR-22 exits 42 and 42A
Cabo Caribe37.823.5 PR-155 (Calle Ramón Emeterio Betances) / PR-688 – Vega Baja
Río Abajo37.523.3 PR-160 – Almirante Norte
Vega AltaBajura33.821.0 PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Bayamón, San Juan, Arecibo, MayagüezPR-22 exit 32; partial cloverleaf interchange

PR-694 north (Carretera Carmelo Mercado Adorno) to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Maguayo, Higuillar, San Juan, Arecibo
PR-22 exit 27
DoradoMaguayoEspinosa line25.916.1
PR-142 south (Carretera José Antonio "Sonny" Rodríguez Ortiz) – Corozal
Trumpet interchange
Río Lajas23.514.6

PR-165 south (Carretera Río Lajas) / PR-693 north (Avenida Édgar Martínez Salgado) – Dorado, Toa Alta, Corozal
Western terminus of PR-165 concurrency
Río de la Plata23.414.5Puente de la Virgencita
Toa BajaMedia Luna22.614.0

PR-165 north to PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Toa Baja, San Juan, Arecibo
Eastern terminus of PR-165 concurrency; PR-22 exits 22 and 22B; trumpet interchange
BayamónHato Tejas15.19.4 PR-29 (Avenida Main Oeste) – Cataño, San Juan
14.38.9 PR-168 (Avenida Cementerio Nacional) – Hato Tejas
Bayamón barrio-pueblo11.97.4 PR-167 (Avenida Ramón Luis Rivera) – Bayamón, Naranjito, Comerío
PR-5 (Expreso Río Hondo) – Bayamón, Cataño, San Juan, Arecibo, Aguas BuenasSingle-point urban interchange
Juan Sánchez9.86.1
PR-6 north (Calle San José) – Cataño
GuaynaboPueblo Viejo6.44.0 PR-19 (Avenida Luis Vigoreaux) – GuaynaboEastbound exit only
PR-20 south (Expreso Rafael Martínez Nadal) – Guaynabo, Caguas
Western terminus of Expreso John F. Kennedy; trumpet interchange

PR-23 east (Avenida Franklin Delano Roosevelt) / PR-165 north (Avenida El Caño) – Guaynabo, San Patricio, Puerto Nuevo
4 PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Santurce, Carolina, Caguas, Bayamón, Arecibo, CatañoSigned as exits 4A (east) and 4C (west); no access to PR-22 eastbound from PR-2 westbound; PR-22 exits 6, 6A and 6B
San JuanRío Puerto Nuevo2.0–
Puente de la Constitución
Santurce1.30.81 PR-1 (Expreso Luis Muñoz Rivera) – San Juan, Miramar, Hato Rey, Carolina, CaguasEastern terminus of Expreso John F. Kennedy; western terminus of Avenida Roberto H. Todd; partial cloverleaf interchange
0.80.50 PR-42 (Calle Las Palmas) – Santurce

PR-35 south (Avenida Manuel Fernández Juncos) – Santurce
One-way street
PR-25 north (Avenida Juan Ponce de León) – San Juan
One-way street
0.00.0 PR-26 (Expreso Román Baldorioty de Castro) – San Juan, CarolinaCounterclockwise terminus of PR-2; PR-26 exit 1; diamond interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Related routes

Puerto Rico Highway 2R (Spanish: Carretera Ramal 2, abbreviated Ramal PR-2 or PR-2R) refers to several urban roads in Puerto Rico, located in Aguadilla, Mayagüez, and Ponce, which serve as business routes for PR-2.[12]

Aguadilla spur

Spur plate (es).svg

Highway 2 Spur

Length0.85 km[13] (0.53 mi; 2,800 ft)

This short east–west segment, known as San Carlos Avenue,[14] is the main connection to both downtown Aguadilla and Aguadilla Mall from PR-2. It begins at an interchange with PR-2, immediately to the east is the mall. It then heads west through a curvy downhill slope, quickly arriving in the town square and intersecting with PR-111. It then immediately ends at PR-440 in front of the coastline. From the PR-2 interchange to the square it is divided, while the rest is a two way urban street. The entire route is located in Aguadilla

Aguadilla barrio-pueblo0.850.53 PR-440 (Avenida José de Jesús Esteves) – AguadillaWestern terminus of Ramal PR-2; roundabout
PR-1107 south (Calle José de Diego) – Aguadilla
Former PR-111; one-way street
PR-1107P north (Calle Ramón Emeterio Betances) – Aguadilla
Former PR-111R; one-way street
Caimital Bajo0.000.00 PR-2 (Expreso Rafael Hernández, "El Jibarito") – Arecibo, MayagüezEastern terminus of Ramal PR-2; PR-2 exit 128
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Mayagüez loop

Highway 2R

Length5.3 km[15] (3.3 mi)

Historically was the right of way of PR-2 inside Mayagüez downtown before the construction of Avenida Eugenio María de Hostos. The entirety of its segment in Mayagüez was formerly known as Calle Post, until recently when it was renamed into two names, under the José Guillermo Rodríguez administration. As the longest street in Mayagüez, served as main entrance to the center of the city and gave access to some communities as Colombia, Santurce, Belmonte, Cuesta de las Piedras, Río Cristal and Barriada Nadal (Poblado Sábalos). Originally named by governor Regis Henri Post in 1909, it was recently renamed both honoring Alfonso Valdés Cobián and Ramón Emeterio Betances by disposition of the Municipal Legislative. Currently the entire road was renumbered to PR-239.[16]

The former street runs north–south for 5 miles and begins in a park at front of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez on the intersection of PR-2, connecting with Puerto Rico Highway 65 just before crossing the Yagüez River. In this section is called now Alfonso Valdés Cobián Boulevard. Going south the Yagüez River comes inside the downtown of Mayagüez city, crossing the Méndez Vigo (PR-106), Candelaria (PR-105), Nenadich, Hiram David Cabassa, PR-348, PR-380, and Carolina roads to finally ending at the PR-2 aside with Avenida Corazones in Sábalos ward. In this section is called now Ramón Emeterio Betances Street. The entire route is located in Mayagüez

PR-2 (Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos) / PR-114 south (Avenida Santa Teresa Jornet) – Hormigueros, Ponce, Añasco, Aguadilla
Southern terminus of PR-2R
Avenida Corazones – Mayagüez
3.62.2 PR-380 – Mayagüez
SábalosMayagüez barrio-pueblo line3.32.1 PR-348 – Quebrada Grande

To PR-2 (Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos) / Avenida Hiram David Cabassa – Mayagüez
Mayagüez barrio-pueblo1.91.2Calle Nenadich – Mayagüez
To PR-105 (Ruta Panorámica) / Calle de la Candelaria – Maricao
One-way street
To PR-2 (Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos) / Calle Méndez Vigo – Mayagüez
One-way street

PR-65 east (Avenida Pedro Albizu Campos) to PR-108 – Mayagüez, Las Marías
Northern terminus of PR-2R through Calle Ramón Emeterio Betances; eastern terminus of PR-2R through Bulevar Alfonso Valdés Cobián
0.00.0 PR-2 (Expreso Eugenio María de Hostos) – Aguadilla, PonceNorthern terminus of PR-2R
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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Ponce spur

Highway 2R

Length1.9 km[17] (1.2 mi)
PR-2R in Barrio Canas Urbano
Map of PR-2R in the municipality of Ponce

Also known as Carretera a Pámpanos, the north–south road runs for 1.9 km (1.2 mi)[18] and was the original PR-2 before the construction of the current alignment known as the Ponce By Pass.[19] Some publications call the northern portion of this road Calle Coto Canas.[20]

Located entirely within Barrio Canas, PR-2R begins at PR-2 in the south, in the Pámpanos neighborhood and, as you head north, it passes the Paquito Montaner Stadium and the Juan Pachín Vicéns Auditorium, both to the left. PR-2R then passes Escuela Superior Vocacional (Vocational High School) to the right and Secretaría de Recreación y Deportes Francisco "Pancho" Coimbre to the left, where it intersects with PR-163 (Avenida Las Américas). The road then continues north for approximately another one-half mile before ending at PR-123 (Calle Villa Street). This northern terminus is located about 1.0 kilometer west of downtown Ponce. The entire length of PR-2R in Ponce is a two-lane road.

In the 1810s, today's PR-2R in Ponce was part of what was called "Camino de Tallaboa" (Road to Tallaboa),[21][22] a road that since, at least, the 1810s led from the center of Ponce to Barrio Tallaboa in Peñuelas.[23] The 1810s' Camino de Tallaboa consisted of three segments. The first segment was half a kilometer long and led from the center of Ponce in the east (Plaza Real) to a point west where today's Calle Villa intersects Calle Capitan Correa.[24] That segment was called "Calle de la Villa" (Street to the Villa), for it led to the "Villa de Ponce" (the center of town) from points west. This segment is today (2019) part of PR-132, the road to Peñuelas. The second segment of Camino de Tallaboa was called "Carretera al Barrio de los Pámpanos", or just "Carretera a Pámpanos". It had its northern terminus at today's Calle Villa and headed southwest to barrio Pámpanos, a small community bound on the south by today's PR-2, on the east and north by today's Avenida Eduardo Ruberté, and in the west by the eastern banks of Río Matilde. Thus Carretera a Pámpanos had its southern terminus at today's PR-2 in Barrio Canas.[25] This second/middle segment of Camino de Tallaboa is what is called today PR-2R.[a][20]) The third and last segment of Camino de Tallaboa had its eastern terminus at Carretera Pámpanos and its western terminus in Peñuelas's Barrio Tallaboa. Between the late 1940s and 1965, this road was replaced by today's PR-2.[2][7] The entire route is located in Ponce

PlayaCanas Urbano line0.00.0 PR-2 (Ponce Bypass) / PR-5549 – San Juan, MayagüezSouthern terminus of PR-2R
Canas Urbano0.4–

PR-585 south (Avenida Eduardo Roberté Bisó) – Ponce
1.10.68 PR-163 (Bulevar Luis A. Ferré Aguayo) – Ponce
PrimeroCanas Urbano
Segundo tripoint
1.91.2 PR-123 (Calle Villa) – Ponce, AdjuntasNorthern terminus of PR-2R
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ Around the middle of the XIX century, this segment was straightened to run north-south instead of north-southwest, bring its northern terminus to the intersection of Calle Villa and Calle Miramar. The section of PR-2R from the intersection of Calle Villa and Miramar to Avenida Roosevelt is sometimes seen in maps as "Calle Coto Canas".[26]


  1. ^ a b Google (March 29, 2020). "PR-2" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Carmelo Rosario Natal. Ponce En Su Historia Moderna: 1945-2002. Published by Secretaría de Cultura y Turismo of the Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 2003. p. 336.
  3. ^ a b "National Highway System: Aguadilla--Isabela--San Sebastián, PR Map" (PDF). U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works. "Datos de Transito 2000-2009" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
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  7. ^ a b Vista aérea del tramo de la autopista de Ponce a Guayanilla. Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña. (Originally published by "El Mundo" on 24 October 1967.) Accessed 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ Municipio de Ponce Repavimenta la PR 2. El Sur a la Vista. 16 September 2011. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  9. ^ a b "City-Data Forum - View Single Post - PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) extension to Aguadilla?". www.city-data.com.
  10. ^ "Goldman Sachs, Abertis close on 40 year $1,136m concession of Puerto Rico's PR22 & PR5 tollroads". Archived from the original on October 16, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Luis F. Pumarada O’Neill (1991). "Los Puentes Históricos de Puerto Rico" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Tránsito Promedio Diario (AADT)". Transit Data (Datos de Transito) (in Spanish). DTOP PR.
  13. ^ a b Google (February 28, 2020). "PR-2R in Aguadilla" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Cierre temporal en la carretera PR-2 Ramal en Aguadilla". Primera Hora. 2011-01-26.
  15. ^ a b Google (February 28, 2020). "PR-2R in Mayagüez" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  16. ^ "Anuncian cierre de carretera por repavimentación". Primera Hora (in Spanish). 4 December 2018. Archived from the original on 24 September 2020. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  17. ^ a b Google (February 28, 2020). "PR-2R in Ponce" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  18. ^ "geoview.info". Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  19. ^ Socorro Giron. Ramon Marin y su Tiempo. In, Las Fiestas Populares de Ponce. Ramon Marin. Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 1994. page 21. ISBN 0-8477-0189-1
  20. ^ a b Desglose de Sectores y Centros de Votacion de Acuerdo a la Redistribucion Electoral 2000: Precinto Ponce 061. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Comision Estatal de Elecciones, Division de Planificacion. July 2008.
  21. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes. Brevario Sobre la Historia de Ponce. Gobierno Municipal Autonomo de Ponce. Oficina de Cultura y Turismo. 2002. Page 45. ISBN 0-615-12181-0.
  22. ^ Eli D. Oquendo Rodriguez. 1800-1885, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Historia de la Parroquia de Ponce durante el Siglo XIX. Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones del Sur Oeste (CEISO). Lajas, Puerto Rico: Editorial Akelarre. 2016. ISBN 9781523888702. p. 179.
  23. ^ Eduardo Neuman Gandia. Verdadera y Auténtica Historia de la Ciudad de Ponce. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. 1913. page 71.
  24. ^ Eli D. Oquendo Rodriguez. Barrios de Ponce: Noticias y microhistorias de ocho comunidades ponceñas en el tiempo. Siglos XVI al XIX. 2019. pp. 48-49. ISBN 9781076759153
  25. ^ Eduardo Neuman Gandia. Verdadera y Auténtica Historia de la Ciudad de Ponce. Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. 1913. page 61.
  26. ^ Eli D. Oquendo Rodriguez. Barrios de Ponce: Noticias y microhistorias de ocho comunidades ponceñas en el tiempo. Siglos XVI al XIX. 2019. pp. 68.

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