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Old 11-29-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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In MA, it was Route, except for Interstates, which were just I-whatevernumber.

When I moved to CO, it was Highway, except for Interstates and, oddly, County roads which were referred to as County-whatevernumber. Sometimes State-whatevernumber, but not always. CO had so many transplants that maybe conventions were a little looser.

Now that I'm in WA, I am still not sure if there is really a standard term even for Interstates. Lots of transplants. I do hear Route more often than Highway.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:36 PM
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Here in CO, as above, plus some US highways are "US 36", for example, rather than "Highway 36".
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Old 11-29-2015, 08:09 PM
 
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Frontage roads are definitely a Texas invention, and not a bad one at that. They also can be confusing to newcomers who have no idea how to get back on the main freeway. Better signage would help, but there seems to be little effort in this regard. But, as a replacement for toll road service areas, they get the job done. I would much prefer them to the limited choices offered by the toll operaters that can hold you hostage with high prices and nowhere else to go
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Old 11-29-2015, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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What about frontage roads?


I hear other people call them other things.
I had to look it up. They're called service roads around here.
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Old 11-30-2015, 10:08 AM
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Frontage roads are definitely a Texas invention, and not a bad one at that. They also can be confusing to newcomers who have no idea how to get back on the main freeway. Better signage would help, but there seems to be little effort in this regard. But, as a replacement for toll road service areas, they get the job done. I would much prefer them to the limited choices offered by the toll operaters that can hold you hostage with high prices and nowhere else to go
They call them frontage roads in Illinois, too, at least downstate where I lived.
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Oceania
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I don't know if it's a regional thing or if it varies by state, but I've heard it go either way. Where I grew up (first in Virginia and then in Florida) and where I've lived as an adult (Pennsylvania and now Maryland), numbered state roads are called "Route xxx." Thus, some of the roads through my home county would be Route 100 and Route 32 and Route 175. (U.S. highways can be either "Route" or "U.S." I never hear interstates prefaced by "Route.")

I know that in Hawaii, they say "Highway." And I've heard it in some of the Southern states as well. So what do you say where you live?

You haven't lived in VA/MD long if route is strange to you.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:35 PM
 
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As Katarina has stated, in CO we refer to state roads, regardless of size, as "highways". It's Highway 7 or Highway 2. We do on occasion say "US 85/87" for a US route. We never, ever use the term "route".

We do have "county roads".

We do have "frontage roads".

We do not, under any circumstances, refer to the interstate as "The 25" or "The 70". It's I-25 or I-70.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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You haven't lived in VA/MD long if route is strange to you.
Spent 12 years in Virginia and have lived in Maryland for 21 years. "Route" sounds perfectly normal to me!
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In MA, it was Route, except for Interstates, which were just I-whatevernumber.
I usually use highways for roads with exits (Route 2 in Eastern Massachusetts is a highway, but people just called it Route 2). Maybe a wide road that feels expressway-like with some exits and few lights, but those hybrids aren't too common here. Can't imagine anyone calling Route 47 a highway, that would be weird:

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Old 12-01-2015, 05:25 PM
 
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I think frontage roads and service roads are basically the same thing. Some States, including WA, CA, OR, have very few. Others like Texas and many in the East do.

Also, was living in Texas where the frontage/service roads were actually built before the main freeway in the early 80's. (Specifically the Sam Houston Expressway, northside), This was strange to me at the time, but makes perfect sense today.
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