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No charge for crossing the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge (southbound) this weekend. Here’s why


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Autopistas Metropolitanas de Puerto Rico (Metropistas) announced Wednesday the final closure of bridge No. 2088 over the Martín Peña Channel (el Caño Martín Peña in Spanish), on the José de Diego Highway, at kilometer 1.4, at the exit of the Minillas Tunnel toward Bayamón, from 10 p.m. Friday until around 5 a.m. Monday.


During the closure, repairs will be made to the beams at the end of the bridge, as announced two weeks ago. The work requires lifting parts of the structure for repairs that include demolition and concrete pouring, Metropistas announced in a written statement.


With the aim of minimizing the impact on traffic, Metropistas y Autopistas de Puerto Rico — the concessionaire that operates the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge — is continuing to make the bridge available as a north-south alternate route (from Carolina to Río Piedras/Caguas). As has been the case during previous closures, the Moscoso bridge will be free of charge in that direction for drivers during the period in which bridge 2088 over the Martín Peña Channel is closed.


Drivers heading from Carolina to Río Piedras or Caguas will be able to cross the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, free of charge, from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. In a south-north direction (Río Piedras to Carolina), the bridge will operate normally and drivers traveling in that direction must pay the corresponding toll, since the throughway will not be affected by the closure of the bridge over the Caño Martín Peña.


Drivers heading toward Guaynabo and/or Bayamón, meanwhile, will have the possibility of using Kennedy Avenue as an alternative route.


The repair of the 2088 bridge resumed as of May 11, after work in the construction sector was restored by executive order. The bridge over the Martín Peña Channel, at the exit of the Minillas tunnel, is one of the busiest points in all of Puerto Rico, with average traffic of more than 100,000 vehicles per day.


The rehabilitation work is being carried out only on the bridge that goes in the direction of San Juan toward Bayamón, with an investment of $10 million for the entire project, which is part of the Metropistas bridge rehabilitation program. For more information on scheduled jobs and future traffic alterations, including alternate lanes, motorists can visit www.metropistas.com.

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