[Talk-us] Trunk

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Sat Oct 14 00:57:11 UTC 2017

On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 6:50 PM, Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>
> I don't really have a stake in the outcome of this discussion but wish to
> again point out that Alaska is a state where "trunk" has been used to
> designate highways that are ordinarily classified as primary but because
> they are in a state with so few roads and in which they are the "only"
> connectors between towns, have been tagged trunk highways. They are
> high-speed, 65 mph in most cases, or I should say, in most sections, but
> have driveways, intersections, and when passing through towns, lower speed
> limits, traffic signals, etc.

I wouldn't call those trunks unless they are also an Interstate, and even
that's a pretty weak argument in favor of calling it a trunk.  It shouldn't
make much of any difference in terms of functionality but does give humans
a better idea of what the road is.
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