If you live in Lima, then surely you have walked this avenue or at least crossed it. It brings together seven districts of Lima, starting in San Miguel and ending in Carabayllo. It passes by Plaza San Miguel, Catholic University of Peru, San Marcos, José Granda School, crossing Colonial Avenue, Venezuela Avenue, Panamericana Norte and more. It is the longest avenue in Limaeven above Javier Prado.
Millions of passers-by use it daily and, of course, cars and public transport too. During peak hours on weekdays, it is almost impossible to move forward due to the heavy traffic generated, becoming the owner of a symphony of horns and cries of stress. It is university avenue, the longest in Lima, how many kilometers does it have, which neighborhoods does it cross, when was it founded and why is it called that? We detail it in the following note.
Avenida Universitaria is the longest with 24 kilometers in its entire length, considerably exceeding Javier Prado Avenue with only 15 kilometers and which runs from the Magdalena del Mar neighborhood to Ate. In total, it covers seven districts of the Peruvian capital: San Miguel, Pueblo Libre, Los Olivos, San Martin de Porres, Comas, Lima and Carabayllo, distinguished by its length and composition. Also, it may be expanded to benefit more citizens.
The longest Metropolitan Highway in Lima, which crosses the Rímac River at the Bella Unión Bridge, was founded andMay 3, 1992. Its name is due to the educational centers it passes through and which are chosen by Peruvians to begin their professional careers and develop academically in the country, such as the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM)the Private University of the North (UPN) and the University of Sciences and Letters (UCH).
It begins its journey in the neighborhood of San Miguel, being the continuation of the jirón Leoncio Prado near the Peruvian coast. Your tour begins with the journey to San Luis Passage, a block just 60 meters from the famous Circuito de Playas de la Costanera.
the avenue receives about 2.5 million people on the roads from San Miguel to Carabayllo, being a main transport route in the country. For this reason and given the growth of the Peruvian population in recent years, it is necessary to reorganize traffic and modify the design of intersections so that their use is more efficient.
If you travel the avenue from south to north in a vehicle, you will be able to check that there are traffic jams and disorders in the transfer of passengers in several of the 25 crossroads. The intersections with Perú, José Granda, Puente Bella Unión, Argentina and Tomás Valle avenues are the most problematic during rush hour.
The president of the NGO Luz Ámbar, Luis Quispe, pointed out in an interview with El Comercio that the traffic light system is very old, which is why traffic cannot be ordered according to instantaneous demand. “The traffic light cycle needs to be rescheduled to implement the green wave during the mornings,” he says.
Despite the fact that in March 2021, through Amape, The Municipality of Lima has renewed the tracks and horizontal signage on Avenida Universitaria, it has not been possible to do it in its entirety and you can see very damaged tracks. This renovation took place in the section between La Marina Avenue and Santa Teodosia Street, in the border area between the neighborhoods of Pueblo Libre and San Miguel.