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Castle Roads, in Bermuda. An example of the maritime application of the word roads.

A road is an identifiable route, way or path between places. Roads are typically smoothed, paved, or otherwise prepared to allow easy travel; however, they need not be, and historically many roads were simply recognizable routes without any formal construction or maintenance.

The term was also commonly used to refer to roadsteads, waterways that lent themselves to use by shipping. Notable examples include Hampton Roads in Virginia, and Castle Roads in Bermuda (also formerly in Virginia).

In urban areas, roads may diverge through a city or village and be named as streets, serving a dual function as urban space easement and route. Economics and society depend heavily on efficient roads. In the European Union, 44% of all goods are moved by trucks over roads and 85% of all persons are transported by cars, buses, or coaches on roads.

The United States has the largest network of roadways of any country with 6,430,366 km in 2005. India has the second largest road system in the world with 3,383,344 km in 2002. People's Republic of China is third with 1,870,661 km of roadway in 2004. When looking only at expressways, the National Trunk Highway System (NTHS) in People's Republic of China had a total length of 45,000 km at the end of 2006, second only to the United States with 90,000 km in 2005.

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Twin bridges carrying the Hume Highway over Greenhills Road north of Berrima, New South Wales.
The Hume Highway / Hume Freeway is one of Australia's most important and notable interstate highways which runs for 880 km inland between Sydney and Melbourne. It is part of the Auslink National Network and is a vital link for road freight to transport goods to and from the two cities as well as serving Albury, Wodonga and Canberra.

The main alternative route is the Princes Highway which goes via the coast rather than inland.

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...that Saskatchewan Highway 39 is one of the nation of Canada's busiest highways, providing ease of transport for $6 billion in trade goods via approximately 100,000 trucks over the year?"
... that a 25-foot (7.6 m) tall, traditionally-dressed Ukrainian woman offers bread and salt to Saskatchewan Highway 5 travelers at Canora, a town in Saskatchewan, Canada?

...that there is more variation in the design of direction signs (example pictured) internationally than in any other class of road sign?

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  1. ^ "Saskatchewan's Global Transportation Hub". About Highways/Transportation Hub/. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ Police don't know what prompted vicious bus attack, CTV.ca, July 31, 2008. Accessed August 6, 2008.

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