[Talk-us] Dirt Roads (formerly: Abandoned railway)

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sat Aug 30 20:11:47 UTC 2014

Likewise, I consider WA-500 a trunk west of WA-503 to it's terminus at I-5,
even though it's largely grade separated, due to it's very short length
(not even all the way across Vancouver, WA) and multiple at-grade
intersections, including it's intersection with WA-503, and low speed (45

On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 3:09 PM, Paul Johnson <baloo at ursamundi.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM, Russell Deffner <
> russell.deffner at hotosm.org> wrote:
>> Well, the road your referring to sounds like a track, if it has no other
>> significant use than a beautiful and adventurous way to travel between the
>> two towns.  However, the road I live on is well maintained (graded, plowed
>> in winter, etc. – FYI I drive a Nissan Maxima/low clearance 2WD) but
>> basically has only one function – to get to the residences along it – which
>> fits residential much more than track.  I think this is a case where there
>> is not a one size fits all for road classification, in my opinion my local
>> knowledge suggests there is a big difference between the residential dirt
>> road I live on and the (typically 4X4) tracks that are in the area.
> If it's well maintained year-round, I'd be willing to call that a
> highway=unclassified at best.  I tend to reserve higher classifications for
> paved roads that have centerlines, at a dead minimum.  Paved with
> centerlines and fog lines, even if they don't have a paved shoulder, is
> definitely tertiary at a minimum (though I would consider BC 17 between
> Port Renfrew and Victoria, BC as secondary due to it's nature as a
> provincial highway, despite at least a dozen one lane bridges, due to the
> prevailing nature of the highway, much the same way I consider US 412
> between the Cimarron Turnpike and downtown Tulsa a motorway, even though
> there's one at-grade intersection on a spit just east of Keystone Lake on
> that highway).
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