Timeline for Translation of “surface roads”

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Jul 26 '21 at 15:45 comment added Lambie @PeterShor I'm afraid I have to cite the dictionary here where surface is juxtaposed to elevated. So, (I live in your neck of the woods, by the way. :)). Why do you suppose that road along the Greenway is called the Surface Road? Because before the Big Dig, there was an elevated overpass there. Also, in NYC where they took down the elevated highway. surface streets: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Elevated_Highway It is a quasi-technical term, not something we use in every speech. Only in contrast to elevated....which is how MacMillan (I think) defines it.
Jul 26 '21 at 15:36 comment added Peter Shor @Lambie: How do you know that the author of that page isn't from California originally? I've lived in the Boston area for a total of over 20 years, and I've never heard anybody call anything a "surface street" here. We might say "back roads". (Although I definitely can't say people don't use "surface street" some places other than California.)
Jul 26 '21 at 15:26 comment added Lambie On peut toujours traduire l'idée. la/une voie surélevée et les routes (ou rues) planes environnantes. Et lá je pense que n'importe qui le comprendrait en français. Une route de plein-pied ne marche pas. Une maison de plein-pied: A house on one level.
Jul 26 '21 at 14:49 comment added Lambie @PeterShor Not sure that is entirely true: alpsroads.net/roads/ma/us_1 Generally, a surface road versus an elevated highway, thruway or freeway.
Dec 8 '20 at 0:22 comment added Peter Shor In fact, surface street or surface road is only used in a small subregion of the U.S., including Southern California, where it means any road other than a limited access highway.
Dec 7 '20 at 14:51 comment added Chris H The concept isn't nearly as important even in British English as American. In particular the contrast with elevated highways is less important as we have fewer of them (there are plenty of examples, but nothing to compare to e.g. the highway network over LA)
Dec 7 '20 at 9:46 history answered Sylvain Gadenne CC BY-SA 4.0