Road names

Generic terms suitable for road names in Tasmania

Alley
A narrow street for people or vehicles in cities and towns. Usually a minor thoroughfare which provides secondary access to buildings, etc. Often bounded by high buildings or walls.

Arcade
A thoroughfare for pedestrian traffic only, lined with shops and typically covered.

Avenue
A street often wide and usually lined with trees on both sides. Synonymous with Boulevard, Way.

Boulevard
Synonymous with avenue or promenade.

Bypass
An alternative road constructed to enable vehicular traffic to avoid a congested area or other obstruction to movement.

Chase
A road leading down to a valley floor - usually rural or rural town.

Circle
A thoroughfare which forms a circle or a large portion thereof. Synonymous with Circus, Circuit.

Circus
An open junction of many streets converging incorporating circular traffic flow. Synonymous with Roundabout. Synonymous with Circle, Circuit.

Close
Cul-de-sac, typically short, urban and fully built-up, ie. frontages not exceeding 20 to 30 metres.

Court
A short cul-de-sac, typically urban. Synonymous with Close, Gardens, Place.

Courtyard
An area enclosed by walls or building.

Crescent
A thoroughfare in the form or a halfmoon, crescent or semi circle.

Drive
A wide thoroughfare without many cross streets allowing a steady flow of traffic.
A road through a scenic area.
A road giving access to a property.

Esplanade
An open level thoroughfare or walkway immediately adjacent to a water feature.

Expressway
A multi lane highway or thoroughfare featuring limited or controlled intersections and junctions.

Freeway
Synonymous with Expressway.

Gardens
Similar to Court, but implying parkland appearance.

Grove
A relatively short road lined with trees or shrubs.

Highway
A road proclaimed as a Highway under the relevant Act.

Heights
A road, street or way traversing high ground.

Interchange
A road, street or structure which provides for graded separation of traffic designed so that traffic streams do not intersect.

Lane
A narrow road usually bordered with hedges (rural), buildings, walls (urban).

Link
A road or street connecting two major thoroughfares.

Loop
A road street or way that diverges from and rejoins a main thoroughfare, it would usually therefore follow a somewhat circuitous route.

Mall
A street or section thereof with restricted vehicular access.

Parade
A wide, tree-lined, imposing thoroughfare.

Parkway
A major road or expressway passing through or immediately adjacent to parklands or open recreation areas.

Path
Pedestrian route.

Promenade
Synonymous with Esplanade.

Place
Often synonymous with Court. Often overlooked by buildings.

Plaza
Synonymous with Square.

Quadrant
A thoroughfare in the form of a quarter circle.

Retreat
Short narrow street or lane.

Rise
A road leading to an elevated area.

Road
Vehicular route normally outside the urban area.

Roundabout
A circular interchange at a road junction.

Row
A street fronting terraced or semi detached houses.

Spur
A short dead end road; typically applied in a forest environment within Tasmania.

Square
Street surrounding a small area of public space, generally rectangular.

Street
A public road in a town or urban area. Typically non-arterial.

Terrace
Urban street generally along the side of a hill.

Track
A pedestrian or roughly formed vehicular route.

Trail
May be synonymous with Track; within Tasmania may comprise several tracks.

Walk
Pedestrian route. Synonymous with Path.



Appendix A - Generic terms that are unsuitable for road names


Bend
Significant change in direction in a road - strictly not a road but an unbounded locality.

Bridge
A structure supporting a road and commonly named as such.

Causeway
A constructed embankment supporting a road across a body of water and commonly named as such.

Corner
A sharp bend in a road or junction of two or more roads - strictly not a road but an unbounded locality.

Ford
A point on a roadway where water is free to flow over the road surface and commonly named as such.

Contact

Nomenclature Board (Secretary)
134 Macquarie Street
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4444
Email: nomenclature.office@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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