Monday, December 15, 2014

Road names defined...


  • 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 way is a small out of the way road.
  • a court usually ends in a cul de sac or similar little loop.
  • a plaza or square is usually a wide open space, but in modern definitions, one of the above probably fits better for a plaza as a road.
  • a terrace is a raised flat area around a building. When used for a road it probably better fits one of the above.
  • In the UK, a close is similar to a court, a short road serving a few houses, may have cul de sac.
  • A run is usually located near a stream or other small body of water.
  • A place is similar to a court, or close, usually a short skinny dead end road, with or without cul de sac, sometimes p shaped.
  • A bay is a small road where both ends link to the same connecting road.
  • A crescent is a windy s like shape, or just a crescent shape, for the record, above definition of bay was also given to me for crescent.
  • A trail is usually in or near a wooded area.
  • mews is an old British way of saying row of stables, more modernly separate houses surrounding a courtyard.
  • A highway is a major public road, usually connecting multiple cities.
  • A motorway is similar to a highway, with the term more common in New Zealand, the UK, and Australia, no stopping, no pedestrian or animal traffic allowed.
  • An interstate is a highway system connecting usually connecting multiple states, although some exist with no connections.
  • 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.
  • A circuit and speedway are used interchangeably, usually refers to a racing course, practically probably something above.
  • As the name implies, garden is usually a well decorated small road, but probably better fits an above.
  • A view is usually on a raised area of land, a hill or something similar.
  • A byway is a minor road, usually a bit out of the way and not following main roads.
  • A cove is a narrow road, can be sheltered, usually near a larger body of water or mountains.
  • A row is a street with a continuous line of close together houses on one or both sides, usually serving a specific function like a frat.
  • A beltway is a highway surrounding an urban area.
  • A quay is a concrete platform running along water.
  • A crossing is where two roads meet.
  • An alley is a narrow path or road between buildings, sometimes connects streets, not always driveable.
  • A point is usually dead ends at a hill.
  • A pike is usually a toll road.
  • An esplanade is a long open, level area, usually a walking path near the ocean.
  • A square is an open area where multiple streets meet, guess how its usually shaped.
  • A landing is usually near a dock or port, historically where boats drop goods.
  • A walk is historically a walking path or sidewalk, probably became a road later in its history.
  • A grove is thickly sheltered by trees.
  • A copse is a small grove.
  • A driveway is almost always private, short, leading to a single residence or a few related ones.
  • A laneway is uncommon, usually down a country road, itself a public road leading to multiple private driveways.
  • A trace is a beaten path.
  • A circle usually circles around an area, but sometimes is like a "square", an open place intersected by multiple roads.
  • A channel is usually near a water channel, the water itself connecting two larger bodies of water.
  • A grange historically would have been a farmhouse or collection of houses on a farm, the road probably runs through what used to be a farm.
  • A park originally meant an enclosed space, then came to refer to as an enclosed area of nature in a city, usually a well decorated road.
  • A mill is usually near an old flour mill or other mill.
  • A spur is similar to a byway, a smaller road branching off from a major road.
  • A bypass passes around a populated area to divert traffic.
  • A roundabout or traffic circle circle around a traffic island with multiple connecting routes, a roundabout is usually smaller, with less room for crossing and passing, and safer.
  • A wynd is a narrow lane between houses, similar to an alley, more common in UK.
  • A drive is a shortened form of driveway, not a driveway itself, usually in a neighborhood, connects several houses.
  • A parade is wider than average road historically used as a parade ground.
  • A terrace is more common in the UK, a row of houses.
  • A chase on land is historically used as private hunting grounds.
  • A branch divides a road or area into multiple subdivisions.