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Highway 129

Ruta 129
Route information
Maintained by Puerto Rico DTPW
Length43.2 km[1][2] (26.8 mi)
Existed1953[3]–present
Major junctions
South end PR-135 in Yahuecas
Major intersections
North end PR-2 in Arecibo barrio-pueblo
Location
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
MunicipalitiesAdjuntas, Utuado, Lares, Camuy, Hatillo, Arecibo
Highway system
PR-128 PR-130

Puerto Rico Highway 129 (PR-129) is a north–south (actually diagonal) highway in North-Central Puerto Rico, connecting the town of Lares with Arecibo. It crosses the northern karst country of the island. When traveling from the northern coast of Puerto Rico, PR-129 can be used to reach the Arecibo Observatory and the Camuy River Caverns Park.[4]

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is a Caribbean island and unincorporated territory of the United States. It is located in the northeast Caribbean Sea, approximately 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southeast of Miami, Florida, between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and includes the eponymous main island and several smaller islands, such as Mona, Culebra, and Vieques. It has roughly 3.2 million residents, and its capital and most populous city is San Juan. Spanish and English are the official languages of the executive branch of government, though Spanish predominates.

Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares is a mountain town and municipality of Puerto Rico's central-western area. Lares is located north of Maricao and Yauco; south of Camuy, east of San Sebastián and Las Marias; and west of Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas. Lares is spread over 10 barrios and Lares Pueblo. It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Karst

Karst

Karst is a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves. It has also been documented for more weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions. Subterranean drainage may limit surface water, with few to no rivers or lakes. However, in regions where the dissolved bedrock is covered or confined by one or more superimposed non-soluble rock strata, distinctive karst features may occur only at subsurface levels and can be totally missing above ground.

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory

The Arecibo Observatory, also known as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC) and formerly known as the Arecibo Ionosphere Observatory, is an observatory in Barrio Esperanza, Arecibo, Puerto Rico owned by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Río Camuy

Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Río Camuy

The Parque Nacional de las Cavernas del Río Camuy is a cave system in Puerto Rico. It is located between the municipalities of Camuy, Hatillo, and Lares in northwestern Puerto Rico, but the main entrance to the park is located in Quebrada, Camuy. The caverns are part of a large network of natural limestone caves and underground waterways carved out by the third-largest underground river in the world, the Río Camuy. The cave system was "discovered" in 1958 and was first documented in the 1973 book Discovery at the Río Camuy (ISBN 0-517-50594-0) by Russell and Jeanne Gurnee, but there is archaeological evidence that these caves were explored hundreds of years ago by the Taíno Indians, Puerto Rico's first inhabitants. Over 10 miles of caverns, 220 caves and 17 entrances to the Camuy cave system have been mapped so far. This, however, is only a fraction of the entire system which many experts believe still holds another 800 caves. Only a small part of the complex is open to the public. The 268-acre park built around the cave system features tours of some of the caves and sinkholes, and is one of the most popular natural attractions in Puerto Rico. After restorations necessitated by Hurricane Maria, a destructive storm that struck Puerto Rico in 2017, the park re-opened on March 24, 2021. It then closed again due to Hurricane Fiona in September, 2022.

Route description

It is a four-lane, divided highway in Arecibo, and a super two highway in Hatillo, Camuy and Lares. It then merges with PR-111, being entirely unsigned throughout this section. It then heads south as a narrow, rural road, and ends at PR-135 near Adjuntas. Its speed limit is overall 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) through its highway section. It was originally a narrow, two lane road. Much of the original alignment is now PR-134.[5]

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Major intersections

MunicipalityLocationkm[1][2]miDestinationsNotes
AdjuntasYahuecas43.226.8 PR-135 (Carretera Francisco L. Báez Cruz) – Adjuntas, CastañerSouthern terminus of PR-129
YahuecasPortillo line40.525.2 PR-526 (Carretera Antonio Portalatín Betancourt) – Tanamá
Utuado
No major junctions
LaresMirasolBuenos Aires line34.621.5 PR-415 – Buenos Aires
30.519.0
To PR-128 / PR-Calle La Torre – Lares, Yauco
Buenos Aires30.218.8 PR-415 – Buenos Aires
Lares27.7
38.2[a]
17.2
23.7

PR-111 east (Carretera Enrique Laguerre) – Utuado
Eastern terminus of PR-111 concurrency
35.2[a]
27.6
21.9
17.1

PR-111 west (Avenida Los Patriotas) – Lares
Western terminus of PR-111 concurrency; diamond interchange
LaresLares barrio-pueblo line27.6–
27.5
17.1–
17.1
PR-1111 – Lares
Piletas25.5–
25.4
15.8–
15.8
PR-453 – Piletas
24.4–
24.3
15.2–
15.1
PR-4453 – Piletas, Arce
Callejones21.913.6 PR-454 – Callejones
CamuyQuebrada18.811.7 PR-455 – Quebrada
HatilloBayaney17.6–
17.5
10.9–
10.9
PR-134 – Bayaney
15.49.6 PR-134 – Bayaney
15.3–
15.2
9.5–
9.4
PR-487 – Buena Vista
Campo Alegre10.1–
10.0
6.3–
6.2
PR-134 – Bayaney
9.05.6 PR-130 (Carretera Carlos Romero Barceló) – Hatillo
7.34.5 PR-635 (Carretera Alcalde Frankie Hernández Jové) – Dominguito
AreciboHato AbajoHato Arriba line3.72.3 PR-490 (Carretera Juan Antonio "Nito" Méndez) – Buena Vista
Hato Abajo3.42.1 PR-492 – Quemados
3.01.9 PR-22 (Autopista José de Diego) – Aguadilla, Mayagüez, Bayamón, San JuanPR-22 exits 77A and 77B; cloverleaf interchange
Hato AbajoArecibo barrio-pueblo line1.50.93 PR-651 (Avenida Esteban Padilla) – Hato Arriba
1.10.68 PR-653 (Avenida Universidad) – Hatillo
Arecibo barrio-pueblo0.00.0 PR-2 (Avenida Miramar) – San Juan, MayagüezNorthern terminus of PR-129
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Kilometer markers represent the distance along PR-111 rather than PR-129.

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Bayaney, Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Bayaney, Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Bayaney is a rural barrio in the municipality of Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 3,550.

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Adjuntas is a small mountainside town and municipality in Puerto Rico located central midwestern portion of the island on the Cordillera Central, north of Yauco, Guayanilla, and Peñuelas; southeast of Utuado; east of Lares and Yauco; and northwest of Ponce. Adjuntas is spread over 16 barrios and Adjuntas Pueblo. Adjuntas is about two hours by car westward from the capital, San Juan.

Puerto Rico Highway 135

Puerto Rico Highway 135

Puerto Rico Highway 135 (PR-135) is a rural road that travels from Adjuntas, Puerto Rico to Lares. This highway begins at PR-123 north of downtown Adjuntas and ends at PR-128 in Bartolo.

Tanamá, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Tanamá, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

Tanamá is a rural barrio in the municipality of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 1,193.

Utuado, Puerto Rico

Utuado, Puerto Rico

Utuado is a town and municipality of Puerto Rico located in the central mountainous region of the island known as the Cordillera Central. It is located north of Adjuntas and Ponce; south of Hatillo and Arecibo; east of Lares; and west of Ciales and Jayuya. It is the third-largest municipality in land area in Puerto Rico. According to the 2020 US Census, the municipality has a population of 28,287 spread over 24 barrios and Utuado pueblo.

Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares is a mountain town and municipality of Puerto Rico's central-western area. Lares is located north of Maricao and Yauco; south of Camuy, east of San Sebastián and Las Marias; and west of Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas. Lares is spread over 10 barrios and Lares Pueblo. It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Puerto Rico Highway 128

Puerto Rico Highway 128

Puerto Rico Highway 128 (PR-128) is a road that travels from Yauco, Puerto Rico to Lares. This highway extends from PR-2 in Yauco and ends at PR-111 near downtown Lares.

Yauco, Puerto Rico

Yauco, Puerto Rico

Yauco is a town and municipality in southern Puerto Rico. Although the downtown is inland, the municipality stretches to a southern coast facing the Caribbean Sea. Yauco is located south of Maricao, Lares and Adjuntas; east of Sabana Grande and Guánica; and west of Guayanilla. The municipality consists of 20 barrios and Yauco Pueblo. It is both a principal town of the Yauco Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area.

Lares, Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares, Lares, Puerto Rico

Lares is a barrio in the municipality of Lares, Puerto Rico. Its population in 2010 was 3,405.

Puerto Rico Highway 111

Puerto Rico Highway 111

Puerto Rico Highway 111 (PR-111) is a highway connecting Aguadilla, Puerto Rico at Puerto Rico Highway 2 and Puerto Rico Highway 115 to Utuado, Puerto Rico at Puerto Rico Highway 140.

Source: "Puerto Rico Highway 129", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico_Highway_129.

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References
  1. ^ a b Google (26 March 2020). "PR-129 north" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b Google (26 March 2020). "PR-129 south" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Hatillo, Memoria Núm. 63" (PDF). Puerto Rico Planning Board (in Spanish). 1954. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Tránsito Promedio Diario (AADT)". Transit Data (Datos de Transito) (in Spanish). DTOP PR. pp. 174–175.
  5. ^ National Geographic Maps (2011). Puerto Rico (Map). 1:125,000. Adventure Map (Book 3107). Evergreen, Colorado: National Geographic Maps. ISBN 978-1566955188. OCLC 756511572.
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