Welcome to The Expressway Site, your premier source of information about “motorways” in the United States and Canada. In this blog, we will tell you what these roads are really like and why they are different from the usual motorways.
Difference between Expressways and Motorways:
Let many people think that motorways and motorways are the same thing, but there are actually differences. As defined by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, motorways are the middle ground between a regular road and a fully controlled motorway.
Partial Access Control:
An important aspect of motorways is partial access control, defined by the use of police powers to restrict access to the road from adjacent property. This effectively restricts access and allows for smoother traffic flow.
Efficiency and Convenience:
Motorways provide a balance between traffic efficiency and convenience. Here you can find intersections at different levels and even traffic lights, but still maintain a clear limit on the number of carriageways. This creates optimal conditions for safe and fast travel.
Official FHWA Definition:
The US Federal Highway Administration officially defines motorways as roads with “partial access control”. This implies the use of enforcement agencies to control access to the road and strictly limit entry and exit points.
Interchanges and Minimum Intersections:
Although interchanges may be encountered, motorways seek to minimise direct approaches to private roads. This helps maintain high traffic volumes and reduces the risk of accidents.
In the following articles, we will delve deeper into the world of motorways, describing their characteristics, design and impact on transport infrastructure. Stay tuned to learn more about how these roads are shaping the future of roadways in North America.