Wednesday, February 22, 2017

what all those types of definers mean, that follow the name of the road.

A road has no special qualifiers. It connects point a to point b.
A street connects buildings together, usually in a city, usually east to west, opposite of avenue.
An avenue runs north south. Avenues and streets may be used interchangeably for directions, usually has median
A boulevard is a street with trees down the middle or on both sides
A lane is a narrow street usually lacking a median.
A drive is a private, winding road
a court usually ends in a cul de sac or similar little loop
place is similar to a court, or close, usually a short skinny dead end road, with or without cul de sac, sometimes p shaped
bay is a small road where both ends link to the same connecting road
a trail is usually in or near a wooded area
a highway is a major public road, usually connecting multiple cities
a motorway is similar to a highway, no pedestrian or animal traffic allowed
an interstate is a highway system connecting usually connecting multiple states, except Hawaii
a turnpike is part of a highway, and usually has a toll, often located close to a city or commercial are
a freeway is part of a highway with 2 or more lanes on each side, no tolls, sometimes termed expressway, no intersections or cross streets.
a parkway is a major public road, usually decorated, sometimes part of a highway, has traffic lights.
a causeway combines roads and bridges, usually to cross a body of water
circuit and speedway are used interchangeably, usually refers to a racing course,


  1. In the county where I grew up, in Southeast Michigan, most of the North-South roads are called highways and the East-West are roads. I think some of the highways are even dirt roads. The neighboring counties just call them roads.

    1. No way... you grew up in the SE of lower Michigan? I spent 1974-77 in Plainwell and Otsego! Little towns just north of Kalamazoo

  2. I grew up west of Ann Arbor, in a little town called Clinton, on US-12. We moved there in 1978 when my dad got a job at Hydramatic in Willow Run as an engineer. He also worked at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford.

    1. I'll be darned. Small town Michigan was pretty mellow in the 60s and 70s