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    Default highway, expressway, freeway?

    What is the difference between highway, expressway, freeway?
    Do they all mean the same thing while freeway has free of charge?

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    Default Re: highway, expressway, freeway?

    You should be able find some answers here - in a similar thread.

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    Default Re: highway, expressway, freeway?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    You should be able find some answers here - in a similar thread.
    I still don't tell the difference between them even aftering seeing the link.

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    Default Re: highway, expressway, freeway?

    What's unclear about SoothingDave's explanation?

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    A "highway"need not be a "limited access, divided" road ( i.e. no traffic lights, entry and exit only via exit ramps, maximum speed limits). Any "major" road, even if it has traffic lights can be a "highway."
    So, highway can mean two things:
    1) a main road, which simply connects towns and villages, that is not a limited access road; it can be any main road
    2) a limited access road, which is basically built for long-distance traffic, also to avoid towns (in this sense you could also use freeway and expressway with little, if any, difference. In British English you'd use 'motorway')

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Freeway and expressway would usually denote a limited access road. An "interstate" would be the same.*
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    Default Re: highway, expressway, freeway?

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    What's unclear about SoothingDave's explanation?



    So, highway can mean two things:
    1) a main road, which simply connects towns and villages, that is not a limited access road; it can be any main road
    2) a limited access road, which is basically built for long-distance traffic, also to avoid towns (in this sense you could also use freeway and expressway with little, if any, difference. In British English you'd use 'motorway')
    If highway means 1, then what is the difference between normal national road and highway?
    What is the difference between freeway(free of charge?) and expressway?

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    Default Re: highway, expressway, freeway?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    If highway means 1, then what is the difference between normal national road and highway?
    That's the point, they can be used interchangeably.


    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the difference between freeway(free of charge?) and expressway?
    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
    highway
    2) a limited access road, which is basically built for long-distance traffic, also to avoid towns (in this sense you could also use freeway and expressway with little, if any, difference. In British English you'd use 'motorway')
    If you're still not satisfied with the answer you can have a look here, it's an excerpt from wikipedia:

    In the United States, the term freeway is used nationwide. In some regions of the U.S., other terms are also used, including expressway, Interstate Highway, thruway, highway, and turnpike. While some people use these terms interchangeably, turnpikes and thruways usually have associations with toll roads, such as the New Jersey Turnpike, Ohio Turnpike, Pennsylvania Turnpike, West Virginia Turnpike, Florida's Turnpike, and the New York State Thruway.
    Consequently, the term freeway is often used to refer to a toll-free highway[4][5] as opposed to its original meaning[6][7] – in which the component "free" implies freedom from traffic interference rather than "at no cost" – still used in other countries and in parts of the U.S.

    In the United States, an expressway is defined by the federal government’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as a divided highway with partial control of access.[19] In contrast, a freeway is defined as a divided highway with full control of access. More here, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    The vast majority of expressways are built by state governments, or by private companies, which then operate them as toll roads pursuant to a license from the state government.


    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by nyota; 12-May-2011 at 01:37.

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