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Old 02-10-2008, 04:37 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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What do you drive on to get to work.. in El Paso I take the freeway.. in Mississippi, I took the interstate... I have heard all 3 terms used.. where you live what do you call the express way?
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Old 02-10-2008, 05:58 AM
 
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they just say expressway in Chicago.

we said interstate or highway in Tennessee.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I go the Watterson. That's what it is usually called and it is an expressway. I also go Dixie as in Dixie Highway.
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Old 02-10-2008, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Although people have muddled up the meanings over the years, they originally had good definitions.

Interstate - President Eisenhower figured that should the US ever be attacked, the main problem was going to be moving logistics to areas that we needed them. Hence he federally funded and come up with the Interstate system.

Expressway - Take a look at I-15 running through Riverside California. I-15 goes right through the heart of the city. Lots of traffic. So they put in I-215 around the city. That is an expressway. No business, very little traffic, faster to get past the city.

Highway - State road. Normally 2 lane, one going each direction, yellow line down the middle. Some states, because of traffic have divided it and put in two lanes each direction. But it is mainly state funded with a little help from the Feds.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Although people have muddled up the meanings over the years, they originally had good definitions.

Interstate - President Eisenhower figured that should the US ever be attacked, the main problem was going to be moving logistics to areas that we needed them. Hence he federally funded and come up with the Interstate system.

Expressway - Take a look at I-15 running through Riverside California. I-15 goes right through the heart of the city. Lots of traffic. So they put in I-215 around the city. That is an expressway. No business, very little traffic, faster to get past the city.

Highway - State road. Normally 2 lane, one going each direction, yellow line down the middle. Some states, because of traffic have divided it and put in two lanes each direction. But it is mainly state funded with a little help from the Feds.
Agree with most of this, but a little clarification because definitions have drifted off from there original intent due to regional terminology.

I15 does not go through Riverside, Ca. It is west of Riverside and passes through Corona headin north to Ontario, and then merges with I215 just north of San Bernardino.

Highway state roads can be anywhere from 2 to 3+ lanes with or without center dividers. Example CA91 from LA to Riverside.

Around my neck of the woods, all 3 are called freeways.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Northwest CT
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I call it a highway...or just by it's number. Ex. I take 84 to get to Hartford or Rte 8 up to Torrington or 95 down to the city.
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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I called it highway here in Texas until I lived out is SoCal for a bit and then picked up the word freeway.

Here in Dallas we don't put the word "The" in front of a freeway number though like they do in California. It's just 35, not The 35.
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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Freeway - Highway or Interstate within an urban area

Interstate - Interstate outside of an urban area

Highway - Numbered route outside of an urban area
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:32 PM
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I generally call them all 'expressways'
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Here in New England, we usually refer to them all as the "highway."
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