Which roads do you refer to by their names, and which by state or U.S. highway numbers? This question came up while we were editing some posts in recent days.
MD-355 changes names several times along its route, from Wisconsin Avenue to Rockville Pike to Hungerford Drive to North/South Frederick Road/Avenue to Urbana Pike to North Market Street (did I miss any)? Though most people I know who live in Montgomery County still talk about Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, or say they’re headed to Rockville Pike for stores.
What do you call the main roads in Tysons? Are they Route 7 and 123 or Leesburg Pike and Chain Bridge Road?
Let’s put aside freeways for a moment, which people almost always (but not totally always) refer to with numbers. What about major roads that serve through traffic while also having businesses and homes?
I’ve never heard someone talk about Route 1 instead of Rhode Island Avenue in the District, but it’s usually Route 1 and not Baltimore Avenue in College Park, right? Some people refer to Richmond Highway and some to Route 1 in southern Fairfax. What about in Old Town Alexandria?
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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