[Talk-us] Naming numbered roads as "State Route X", "Interstate X", etc.

Kerry Irons irons54vortex at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 18:34:36 UTC 2018


there are some roads in Massachusetts that have actual names and route numbers (example: name="Grand Army of the Republic Highway"
ref="US 6"), but for reasons unknown there are street addresses like "3570 Route 6".  Even though there is zero evidence that "Route 6" is is
any way a street name.   As far as I know this is limited to on the order of a half dozen roads, 1 US highway and about 5 state highways, mainly in the southeast and cape.


This is extremely common across the USA.  Post office addresses can refer to "road names" or highway numbers when the road is both.  The post office does not seem to care one way or the other, and two addresses side-by-side can have the road name address for one and the highway number address for the next.  Alternatively, you can send mail to the same address number and use either the road name or highway number and both will be delivered by the post office with hardly a bat of the eye.

Kerry Irons
Adventure Cycling Association

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