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Main routes[edit]

This template states, "Highlighted routes are considered main routes of the system". I have long wondered about this, but can find no support for this claim.

United States Numbered Highway System#The 1925 routes makes a similar claim, which seems to be semi-OR based on its cited 1925 document. Even if this *were* true in 1925, what is the basis for continuing this claim in 2018? Is there an AASHTO source that I can't locate?

Thanks. --Chaswmsday (talk) 23:14, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

Well, this is the case according to the FHWA. "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System" by Richard Weingroff (cached by Google) notes that this is true, and it's a fact repeated other places, like here and the WorldBook Encyclopedia here ("Major highway routes usually end in 0, 1, or 5."). Do you have a source that the major status was rescinded at all? If not, the claim stands. Imzadi 1979  23:49, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
OK, thanks for the sources! I "noincluded" your first FHWA cite in this article (cite was also used in United States Numbered Highway System, but had gone dead).--Chaswmsday (talk) 01:16, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Although I'm still not sure if the historical numbering scheme holds today: List of United States Numbered Highways, sorted by length, shows some 0's and 1's shorter and some non-0's and 1's longer than some other routes. --Chaswmsday (talk) 01:20, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the URL correction. I could have sworn I tried that...--Chaswmsday (talk) 01:29, 22 April 2018 (UTC)