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Do You Live On a Street, Road, Cul de Sac, Or an Avenue? What Really Is the Difference?

If you live in a city, you would have heard such designations like avenue, street, road and close. Perhaps, you wondered what each of them meant and what criteria were reached before they arrived at these designations. Worry your fine heads no more as this article seeks to put the mystery to rest once and for all. Listing them out in alphabetical order complete with pictures, let’s have at it!

An avenue is traditionally a straight road with a line of trees or shrubs running along each side


A boulevard is usually a widened, multi-lane arterial street with a median and landscaping between the curbs and sidewalks on either side.

boulevard 1

A court is a short street that ends as a cul de sac (that is, in a close)


A drive can be short for driveway – a private road for local access to one, or a small group of structures. Other times it refers to meandering, rather than straight roads and highways.

driveway 2

An expressway is a divided highway meant for high-speed traffic.


A freeway is a road designed for safe high-speed traffic through the elimination of intersections at the same grade or level.


A highway is a main road intended for travel between destinations like cities and towns.


A lane is a narrow road or street usually lacking a shoulder or a median.


A road has no special qualifier. It simply connects two distant points, Point A and B, just like all the other ones listed in the article.


A street is a public road (usually in a town or city) with buildings on both sides. They usually run perpendicular to avenues. 


A way is a minor street off a road in a town.


With these illustrative pictures and short descriptions, you need not be confused anymore! So, just for the sake of curiosity, on which of the above-listed do you live?

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