Puerto Rico/Major roads/Main

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Functional Classification

Puerto Rico does not participate or use the Functional Classification system.

  • All freeways are set to ground level. If two freeways cross each other, look at the actual intersection to discover the layers of the intersection.
  • Elevation -5 is used for non-drivable roads to help ensure that the routing engine does not try to connect or route drivers from roads onto non-roads by mistake. It acts to prevent false system reporting that the roads should be connected.
  • Road names should follow the PR-### format and a general rule of thumb is:
  • PR-1 through PR-99 & PR-165 are Major Highways (those with Pink Shields are Freeways)
  • PR-100 through PR-206, PR-250 & PR-251 are Minor Highways
  • PR-300 through PR-9914 are Primary Streets
  • When adding cardinal directions to street maps use the Spanish letter surrounded by parentheses (for proper TTS pronunciation in spanish)
  • (N) = Norte = North
  • (S) = Sur = South
  • (E) = Este = East
  • (O) = Oeste = West
Example: PR-52 (S)
  • Calle and Avenida should be spelled out for proper TTS pronunciation.


Exit ramps and entrance ramps (on-ramps) Naming Standard

The rule of thumb is simple: The name applied to any ramp must match the information displayed by the "Big Green Signs" (also known as "BGS" in the Waze jargon) and following the general rules shown below. Additional information is available in the sub-section titled Exit ramps and entrance ramps (on-ramps) in the Road Names page.

Signed and Numbered Exits:

  • Name the exit ramp as such: "Salida 5B: PR-17 (E) / Carolina / Trujillo Alto / Río Piedras / Aeropuerto / vía Avenida Piñero". In other words, start with the word "Salida" followed by the exit number, follow the exit number with a colon (": "), and separate all elements (shields and names) after the colon with slashes (" / ").


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Spanish TTS








Signed and Unnumbered Exits

  • name the exit ramp as such: "Salida a PR-8 (N) / San Juan / Aeropuerto / Hato Rey". In other words, start with the words "Salida a " followed by all elements on the sign (shields and names), separated with slashes (" / ").
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Minimum Locking Standard

In Puerto Rico we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.

A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.

Puerto Rico Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Statewide
 Freeway  5
 Ramp  4
 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 • • • • Ferry • • • •   5
 |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-| Railroad |-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|-|  2


Speed Limits Guidelines

Please read and follow the established guidelines in the following section of Wazeopedia: Speed limits

For speed limit sign reporting we recommend the use of: Waze Update Request Marker App by dbcm.


See Puerto Rico/Major roads for guidance in Puerto Rico that may not be universal to all other states and territories.