PR-1 in Salinas reopens ‘in record time’
By John McPhaul
Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia participated in the reopening earlier this week of a section of highway PR-1 in Salinas that was closed to traffic after Hurricane Fiona.
“The opening of this highway in record time after the passage of Hurricane Fiona shows that this government works together and in tune with the needs of our people,” the governor said in a written statement. “The reconstruction of Puerto Rico is on track and nothing is going to stop us.”
Highways and Transportation Authority Executive Director Edwin González Montalvo said “due to the difficulties that a long-term closure could have caused drivers, we treated it as a priority and in a record time of 60 days the [highway authority] team completed the work on this section of the PR-1 highway in Salinas.”
“In the same way, we have worked on all the other incidents reported to ensure traffic on all roads on the island,” he added.
As relief to residents and drivers from several Salinas communities impacted by the closure, the highway authority will grant a credit to the AutoExpreso system for toll payments made at the main toll plaza in Salinas from Sept. 18 through this past Wednesday, Nov. 30, when access was reopened. Drivers who have not yet submitted their claim to the municipality of Salinas for the AutoExpreso credit will have until Jan. 10, 2023 to do so.
The drivers eligible for the credit are residents of the communities of Vertero, Monte Grande, Matei, Naranjo, Parcelas Vázquez, Palmas, Majada, Plena, Reparto Santa Fe, Sabana Llana (Rabo del Buey), PR-1, Rancho Guayama, Jájome Bajo and Pueblito del Carmen who did not have access to the shuttered section of PR-1 during the weeks when the repairs were made.
As previously reported, to process the credit, eligible Salinas residents must go to the municipal offices, where they will be required to complete a form to request reimbursement in the form of a credit with the AutoExpreso system. To be eligible, they must present an electricity or water bill, which serves to validate their physical address. Non-resident drivers working or studying in those communities will be required to present certification of employment or study as evidence.
It is important that users have their AutoExpreso account registered. As previously reported, no fines will be issued for toll transactions accrued from April 16 until further notice. Drivers are encouraged to keep an eye on the social media of the highway authority and the Salinas Municipal Council for any updates on the process.