The Difference Between Streets, Boulevards, Avenues, and Other Roads

If you are coming  from Asia you may  wonder why  roads in neighbourhood that you live on a “way” rather than a “drive” or “lane” ? As a Newcommer settling in Moncton or New Brunswick this will be a good thing to know so that you can plan your commute & trip better way.

If you’ve ever wondered why some roads are called “streets,” while others are known as “boulevards” or “avenues,” you’re not alone. And as it turns out, there’s actually some meaning behind those names and they may even help you navigate a city.

  • Road (Rd.): Can be anything that connects two points. The most basic of the naming conventions.
  • Way: A small side street off a road.
  • Street (St.):
    A public way that has buildings on both sides of it. They run perpendicular to avenues.
  • Avenue (Ave.): Also a public way that has buildings or trees on either side of it. They run perpendicular to streets.
  • Boulevard (Blvd.): A very wide city street that has trees and vegetation on both sides of it. There’s also usually a median in the middle of boulevards.
  • Lane (Ln.): A narrow road often found in a rural area. Basically, the opposite of a boulevard or drive.
  • Drive (Dr.): A long, winding road that has its route shaped by its environment, like a nearby lake or mountain.
  • Terrace (Ter.): A street that follows the top of a slope.
  • Place (Pl.): A road or street that has no throughway—or leads to a dead end.
  • Court (Ct.): A road or street that ends in a circle or loop.

This Video explains it in a nice way



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