Talk:Interstate Highway System

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Semi-protected edit request on 28 January 2018[edit]

There is a "supposed run" that should include "to" 2605:E000:9143:7000:3832:5234:5BA4:7DB6 (talk) 12:43, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

nice catch, thank you. Dave (talk) 17:15, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Stoplights also exist on Interstates for drawbridges[edit]

The article lists under Standards situations in which stoplights are allowed on interstates. That lists omits drawbridges and other similar bridges. Will (Talk - contribs) 00:12, 31 January 2018 (UTC)


Term confusion: "freeway" versus "interstate"[edit]

Not all interstates are "free" as some are tollways. Examples include the entire length of the Indiana, Ohio, New York, and Kansas turnpikes. Futhermore, not all "freeways" are interstates. Will (Talk - contribs) 00:17, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

@Will Pittenger: the "free" in "freeway" doesn't mean "free of charge"; it's a reference to free-flowing traffic or freedom of movement. Those toll roads/turnpikes you reference are still freeways, even if they have a toll. As for your point, with exceptions, all* Interstates are freeways, but yes, not all freeways are Interstates. (Additionally, capitalization matters as not all Interstates cross state lines and thus run interstate, and not all highways that run interstate are Interstates.) Imzadi 1979  00:41, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
@Imzadi1979: True. However, not everone will understand the free part. It's a confusing name. Will (Talk - contribs) 00:45, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
It's the lack of a gratis/libre distinction in English though. Or, put another way, "'free' as in 'freedom' not 'free' as in 'beer'." I didn't invent the language, but that's what the term means here. Imzadi 1979  00:54, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
It's not confusing. It's only confusing if you don't know the meaning of the word. Freeway has never meant "does not cost money". I'm afraid we cannot predict every possible way someone may misunderstand a word, and there is no word immune from misunderstanding in a myriad ways. All we can do is use the correct American English term here. The correct term is "freeway". If you don't know what that means, read a dictionary. --Jayron32 12:16, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
Near as I can tell, when the concept of a limited-access highway was first being developed the preferred term was "super highway". However, by the late 1950's the term "freeway" was established as the preferred term and has remained that way ever since. As noted in the related article Controlled-access highway this is a regional preference, and other parts of the world do indeed use different terms. While I understand the confusion, I don't see the need to try to invent new words when even the official sources have settled on the term "freeway" for 60+ years.Dave (talk) 16:30, 1 February 2018 (UTC) P.S. Jayron, be nice. I remember there being jokes about the confusion when I was a child (i.e. why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?), so clearly there's more than one person confused about it. Dave (talk) 20:01, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
I never states I was confused. Only that others might get confused. A solution might be a small sidebar box clarifying things. Will (Talk - contribs) 21:10, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
This is primarily the reason why freeway redirects to controlled-access highway. Instead of explaining the difference, a wikilink will suffice. If the reader wants to learn more, they'll click. –Fredddie 21:36, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
Concur with User:Fredddie on this one. A link to controlled-access highway is sufficient. It looks like someone needs to review WP:NOT. Wikipedia is not a dictionary or a textbook. --Coolcaesar (talk) 08:12, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Update the map[edit]

The map at the beginning of the article could use some updating, as new interstate highways are not on the map, such as I-41 in Wisconsin, and various new segments of I-69. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Needforspeed888 (talkcontribs) 17:19, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Global concept applied to many different countries[edit]

Hello there. This article is about a global concept applied to many different countries. As the current title suggests a much wider meaning, could we update it with this source? Genium (talk) 23:11, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

The article for the general, global concept is Controlled-access highway. Interstate Highway System is a proper noun for a specific network of Controlled-access highways in the United States. This is explained in the first sentence of the article. The linked source also says exactly this, the first 2 words of the definition in that dictionary are "In US" followed by "system of controlled and limited access highways". Dave (talk) 01:54, 13 March 2019 (UTC)