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Castle Roads, in Bermuda. An example of the maritime application of the word roads.

A road is a linear way for the conveyance of traffic that mostly has an improved surface for use by vehicles (motorized and non-motorized) and pedestrians. Unlike streets, the main function of roads is transportation.

There are many types of roads, including parkways, avenues, controlled-access highways (freeways, motorways, and expressways), tollways, interstates, highways, thoroughfares, and local roads.

The primary features of roads include lanes, sidewalks (pavement), roadways (carriageways), medians, shoulders, verges, bike paths (cycle paths), and shared-use paths. (Full article...)

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The Millau Viaduct (French: le Viaduc de Millau) is a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by the structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building. The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers. It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later. The bridge won the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.

The bridge’s construction broke three world records:

  • The highest pylons in the world: pylons P2 and P3, 244.96 metres (803 ft 8 in) and 221.05 metres (725 ft 3 in) in height respectively.
  • The highest mast in the world: the mast atop pylon P2 peaks at 343 metres (1,125 ft).
  • The highest road bridge deck in the world, 270 m (890 ft) above the Tarn River at its highest point.

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Interchange in Dubai, United Arab Emirates where Al Quta'eyat Road and Zabeel Road meet adjacent to Zabeel Park (on the left in the picture) next to the neighborhoods of Zabeel (at the bottom), Karama (in the upper left), and Oud Metha (in the upper right).
Credit: Imre Solt

Did you know

...that Gustavus Blin Wright, a pioneer road builder and entrepreneur in British Columbia, Canada, built the 127-mile-long Old Cariboo Road in 1862–3?
...that Manitoba Provincial Road 373 became famous after a band from Norway House won an award for an album named after the highway?

...that the Battle of Dombås was a German attempt during the 1940 Norwegian Campaign at using Fallschirmjägers to cut rail and road links in central Norway?


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A view of the Tidel Park junction on Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Chennai. The Thiruvanmiyur station on the Chennai MRTS can be seen on the left.
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