Different Types of Roads or Classification of Roads

1. Reading and writing an address

In English, we write addresses with their number first then the name of the street with capitals.


I live on 24 Cherry Road. Write down “24 Cherry Rd”.

Be precise about which type of street you’re using! There are many options like Street, Avenue or Boulevard, and each one of them has its own abbreviation.

A city can have a lot of different streets with the same name, but different types!

For example, a common joke in the city of Atlanta, is that half of the streets are named “Peachtree”-something.

And it’s true, the peachtree is really popular, because the state of Georgia is famous for its delicious peaches. So there are 71 streets that have a variant of “Peachtree” in their name: Peachtree Lane, Peachtree Avenue, Peachtree Walk, Peachtree Street, …

And if you want to understand the street signs there, you need to know their abbreviations too!


Based on Nagpur classification:

Nagpur is a city named in India. Nagpur classification is followed in major parts of the world. Let’s discuss the different types of roads based on Nagpur classification

National highways: 

National highways run throughout the length and breadth of the country. These roads connect state capital cities to the national capital city. A minimum of two lanes, one for each direction is provided for National highways and these two lanes are divided by a strip of boulders. 

The minimum speed of 80Kmph should be maintained on National highways.  They are usually labelled with numbers NH1, NH70

State highways: 

State highways: 

State Highways connects the important cities of the state to the state capital city. State highways give access to connect National highways. They are also connected to the state highways of the neighbouring states. 

A minimum of two lanes are provided but they may or may not divided with a strip of boulders. 

District roads: 

District roads: 

District roads give access to connect to the State highways. District roads connect the important towns of the district and they are also connected with the neighbouring district roads. 

There are two different types of district roads

Major District roads: These roads connect to the neighbouring district headquarters

Minor District roads: These roads connect the important towns within the district to the district headquarters. 

Village roads are the roads in villages. These roads lead to the nearest town and also connects to the important areas of the villages like temples, churches etc. Village roads are also connected to the neighbouring villages. 

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Based on topography: 

Roads are classified into two types considering topography they are Hilly roads and Plain roads.

Hilly roads: 

The roads which are constructed on hilly areas where one can see frequent steep bends, ups and downs. The capital required is more and it takes more time when compared with the plain roads.

Plain area roads:

Plain area roads:

The roads which are constructed on the plain area where there are very few bends, ups and downs are plain area roads. Planning and execution time is less when compared with the plain area roads.

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Why Does It Matter?

The original reason for different kinds of streets or designations is to describe a street. It’s helpful to know a certain street is a crescent, because then we know it’s going to have a curve. If it’s a maze, then we know it will be a total zig-zag, if it’s a wynd, it probably curves this way and that. If you live on an avenue in Edmonton, it’s going to be a straight roadway that runs east to west. If you live on a stroll, it’s likely a narrow pathway – perhaps one that doesn’t even allow cars and if you live on a close, it’s likely a road with no outlet – perhaps a cul-de-sac. These designations serve to help you picture a roadway before you even get there. Also, developers certainly choose a street type to advertise an area. For example, if you see the name Elk Meadows, you probably are thinking this location will be in a park-like setting. It might just be a townhouse complex in the middle of the city, but the name serves to give the area a natural, outdoorsy feeling. This can help sell someone on the location when they are looking for a property to buy.

To illustrate how important these street types can be, let’s look at Wedgewood Heights in Edmonton. In one corner of Wedgewood Heights, there are four different streets with the same name (and different street types). They are: Weber Way, Weber Place, Weber Close and Weber Gate. You can see how it could get a little confusing if you didn’t have the street type and the street name was the same for two nearby roads. This isn’t really a big deal if they’re close together because you can just drive to the next road which is sometimes connected, but if they’re separated at all, you could end up looking on the wrong street completely.

In another corner, there are three different streets with the same name and different types: Welbourn Cove, Welbourn Lane and Welbourn Drive. Again, it’s a confusing situation when searching for a house.

A map showing an area with three different street

A map showing an area with three different street types with the same name.

Other issues include mistakes with the abbreviations themselves. In Edmonton, some common street types that get mixed up are Court (CO) and Crest (CT), and also Villa (VI) and Village (VG) can have the wrong abbreviations associated with their real estate listing address.

by +Alan F Macdonald REALTOR® | Copyright © – gimme-shelter.com



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