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

A road is an identifiable route, way or path between places. Roads are typically smoothed, paved, or otherwise prepared to allow easy travel; however, they need not be, and historically many roads were simply recognizable routes without any formal construction or maintenance.

The term was also commonly used to refer to roadsteads, waterways that lent themselves to use by shipping. Notable examples include Hampton Roads in Virginia, and Castle Roads in Bermuda (also formerly in Virginia).

In urban areas, roads may diverge through a city or village and be named as streets, serving a dual function as urban space easement and route. Economics and society depend heavily on efficient roads. In the European Union, 44% of all goods are moved by trucks over roads and 85% of all persons are transported by cars, buses, or coaches on roads.

The United States has the largest network of roadways of any country with 6,430,366 km in 2005. India has the second largest road system in the world with 3,383,344 km in 2002. People's Republic of China is third with 1,870,661 km of roadway in 2004. When looking only at expressways, the National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) in People's Republic of China had a total length of 45,000 km at the end of 2006, second only to the United States with 90,000 km in 2005.

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Part of the original A500 near Audley.
The A500 is a major primary A road in Staffordshire and Cheshire, England. It is dual carriageway for most of its length and connects Nantwich, junctions 16 and 15 of the M6 motorway with the city of Stoke-on-Trent. Because of its shape between the motorway junctions, it is known locally as the D-Road (D is also the Roman numeral representing the number 500). In 2004 the road was stated as carrying 60,000 vehicles a day through Stoke.

It was built to provide links between Stoke-on-Trent and the M6, before being extended to Nantwich. Construction has taken place over several stages, beginning in 1962, with the final section of the original route being completed similar to the original plans in 2006. As a trunk road it is maintained by the Highways Agency.

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A view of the north and south carriageways of Rodovia dos Imigrantes, one crossing over the other at (23°55′7.00″S 46°24′57.00″W / 23.9186111°S 46.4158333°W / -23.9186111; -46.4158333)
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...that there are no continuous motorway links through London inside the M25 orbital motorway?
...that Saskatchewan Highway 58 travels the Missouri Coteau to an important shore bird site on Canada's second largest saline lake?

...that, as well as being used to clear snow, winter service vehicles (pictured) can be used to repair roads which have melted in hot weather?

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  1. ^ "Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub". About Highways/Transportation Hub/. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ Police don't know what prompted vicious bus attack, CTV.ca, July 31, 2008. Accessed August 6, 2008.