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

Various types of road are in use around the world. Roads range in size from private driveways to the stereotypical two-lane highway to high capacity dual carriageway routes, such as freeways and motorways. The names associated with a particular type of road vary around the world, and many names are partially equivalent but not exactly equivalent to each other. As a result, the name given to a road in one country could apply to a different type of road in another country. Details for each road type are covered in the specific articles about each type of road.

Many countries generally have an organized system of national roads usually designated by a route number or letter. These designations are generally displayed along the route by means of a highway shield; each system has its own unique shield design that will allow quick identification to which system the route belongs. Some countries additionally have separate road systems coordinated and maintained by a subnational entity, such as a state or province.

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There have been routes and trackways in Ireland connecting settlements and facilitating trade since ancient times and the country now has an extensive network of public roads connecting all parts of the country.

The first routes in Ireland were prehistoric trackways, some of which were later developed into roads suited for wheeled vehicles. Many of Ireland's minor roads "may well have had their origin in pre-existing paths and trackways aligned in direct response to the physical environment". Traces of these "evolved roads" which developed over very long periods, frequently from tracks of the prehistoric period, are still evident. Such roads usually followed the tops of ridges and crossed rivers and streams at fording points.

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...that the Gough Map, housed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, is the oldest surviving road map of Great Britain and is believed to date from sometime between 1355 and 1366?
... 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 from 1945 until 1978, cars in Okinawa Prefecture drove on the right side of the road until a switch to left-hand drive as part of the 730 Conversion Plan, to match the rest of Japan?

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Panorama between Sax and Frümsen in the municipality of Sennwald in the Rhine Valley[ disambiguation needed], looking from Kreuzberg (on the left), to the Appenzell Alps, Saxer Gap, the Stauberen, and Hoher Kasten on the right.
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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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