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Current Projects

Federal Highway Administration Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Division has more than 200 active projects in collaboration with several State and local agencies.

Congestion Managed / Dynamic Toll Lanes (DTL) Project -
San Juan to Caguas Corridor (PR)

This is the largest single highway project in Puerto Rico. It will provide additional vehicle capacity in one of the most congested links (PR-18, PR-52, PR- 30) in Puerto Rico with AADT over 150,000 in some sections closest to San Juan. The project uses the congestion management strategy of dynamic toll lanes. Highways PR-52, PR-18 and PR-30 are major components of the strategic highway network of San Juan Transportation Metropolitan Area (TMA). The estimated total construction cost is $200 MM. The project is divided in seven phases (I through VII), which include a phase of sound barriers and other of ITS technology.

Current Status:
The estimated total construction cost is $200 MM. The project is divided in seven phases (I through VII), which include a phase of sound barriers and other of ITS technology. Currently phases I through III (PR-18 and PR-52 Caguas Norte Toll Plaza) and the ITS technology project are under construction. Cost of projects under construction is approximately $136.4 MM. Estimated completion date for Phase I - III is March 2021. Phases IV (Interchange of PR-52/PR-30/PR-1), V (PR-30 reversible lane), and VII (sound barriers) are in preliminary engineering phase and should be under construction in FY21.

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PROJECTS WITH INNOVATIONS

Pavement Rehabilitation And Safety Improvements on Pr-20,
Guaynabo / ZP-20(8) / AC-002065

Photo of road construction zone

Estimated Cost – $21,015,945

This project consists of improving the condition of the pavement structure combined with safety improvements along the 10 kilometers in the road. Some of the safety improvements are signing update, new pavement marking, raised reflective pavement markers, and reconstruction of the median barrier. For the reconstruction of the median barrier, the contractor is using a metal movable barrier for the MOT applications. This is the first project in Puerto Rico that is evaluating the positive aspects of the barrier.

Rehabilitation of Bridges 1131 & 1132 over Rio Hondo River, PR-29,
Bayamon / ZP-29(5) / AC-002906

photo of the bridge over Rio Hondo River

Estimated Cost – $10,118,410

The construction method used in the project consisted in the construction of the prefabricated modules outside the area of the bridges using the EDC- technique: Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES). The length of both bridges is 88 meters and 16 meters wide divided into 5 spans of 4 modules per span that includes two AASHTO Type III beams and a section of approximately 3.53 slab. The greatest benefit of the PBES method is that it allowed not to interfere with traffic until it was ready to install modules.

Pedestrian Bridge at PR-181 km 0.5 Intersection with Julio Andino,
San Juan - ZP-181(22) / AC- 018193

photo of construction site with equipment

Estimated Cost – $3,571,543

This project consists in the construction of a pedestrian bridge with steel frame components to be furnished offsite. It is similar to the Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems concept. In this intersection died six (6) pedestrian by an aggressive driver. The pedestrian bridge will improve the pedestrian crossing in the area.

Replacement Of Bridge No. 982 over PR-189, PR-30 km 4.1,
Gurabo MP-30(30) / AC-800470

Estimated Cost - $17,160,000

This project will incorporate the first Diverging Diamond Interchange in Puerto Rico. This innovative intersection design will incorporate the following benefits in the area: eliminates last-minute lane changes, provides better sight distance at turns, and reduce the number of traffic signal phases.

map of the project intersection
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