Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Length not always
a factor when
deciding road types

Question: I was interested in learning about how they designate streets, specifically why it changes from lane to street, street to avenue or boulevard, etc. Does it have anything to do with footage?

Answer: It's set by law whether the street on which you live or drive is called a street, boulevard, circle, lane, etc., and it doesn't necessarily have to do with how wide or long it is.

You can't willy-nilly call a street a "way," "court," "circle" or "loop" without meeting set criteria.

Chapter 22, Article 8-2 of the Revised Ordinances of Hono-lulu on "Nomenclature" deals with the naming of streets, as follows:

>> "Freeway" describes a divided arterial roadway for traffic with full control of access and grade separations at intersections. Whenever practicable, freeways shall be named after Hawaiian royalty.

>> "Highway" describes a roadway for traffic on a continuous route, providing the primary access between communities. Whenever practicable, highways shall be named after Hawaiian royalty.

>> "Parkway" describes a major collector roadway, usually containing a medial strip with landscaped setback, parklike areas on each side of the right-of-way and generally heavily planted with trees for its entire length.

>> "Boulevard" describes a major collector roadway with or without a medial strip, generally shorter than a highway, usually serving traffic on a continuous route.

>> "Drive" describes a long winding collector roadway, usually through a valley, mountainous area or plateau, having scenic qualities.

>> "Street" describes a fully improved roadway serving local or minor collector traffic.

>> "Avenue" describes a fully improved roadway serving local or minor collector traffic, landscaped and planted with trees.

>> "Circle" describes a circular roadway, with only one access point to the adjoining street.

>> "Loop" describes a looped roadway having two access points off the same roadway.

>> "Place" describes a cul-de-sac.

>> "Way" describes a cul-de-sac which is off another cul-de-sac.

>> "Court" describes a short roadway partially or wholly enclosed by buildings, giving the impression of a small open square.

>> "Mall" describes a street or portions of it on which vehicular traffic is restricted in whole or in part, and used exclusively or primarily by pedestrians.

>> "Road" describes a collector roadway in rural areas, generally without improvements such as curbs and sidewalks.

>> "Lane" describes a narrow and short roadway without curbs or sidewalks.

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A: If there are any interested groups, call "Kokua Line" at 529-4773 and leave a message.


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