Transportation Structures:
Route Typologies - Part 1

Introduction and Outline of Lists
Definitions, Concepts, Terms And Observations

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    The architectural/geographical/cultural resources that are the focus of this nomenclature and discussion are predominantly "historical," i.e., more than 50 years of age. A better absolute closing date is World War II, which ended many architectural, structural and technological trends.


    Typological Outline

    Focusing on routes in increasing detail and greater scale.

    These are arranged with the first three distributed in Part 2, and the last in Elements / Part 3 .

    1. Master-Type or Route Supertypes
    2. Route Types
    3. Route Subtypes / Pathways~
    4. Route Elements

    Arrangement

    Arranged in Part 2 in nested lists:

    I. Route Master-Type


    List Outline

    Outline of the typological list with descriptions and examples in
    Part 2:

    1. Valley Route Master-Type / River Road Master-Type
      1. Bank Route / Bankside Route Type
      2. Terrace Route Type
        1. [Mid-Valley] [Bluffside?] Terrace Route Subtype
      3. Break-of-Slope Route Type
      4. [Transverse Sprint] Route Type

    2. [Bluff / Highbank] Route [Master?] Type

    3. Portage Route [Master?] Type

    4. Upland / [Rolling Land] Route Master-Type
      1. Blunt Grade Route Type
      2. Soft Grade Route Type
      3. Gully Route Type
      4. Sideling Route Type
        1. Sideling [Grade] Route Subtype
        2. Sideling Level Route Subtype
      5. Ridge Route / Crest Route / Summit Route? Type
        1. Watershed Route Subtype
        2. Beach Ridge Route Subtype
      6. Edge Route Type
      7. [Serpentine] Route Type
      8. Switchback Route Type

    5. Flank & Appropriation Route Master Type
      1. Canal-Flank Route Type / Canal-Side Route Type
      2. Canal Appropriation~ Type
      3. Railroad-Flank Route Type / Railroad-Side Route Type
      4. Railroad Appropriation~ Type
      5. Road-Flank Route Type / Road-Side Route Type
      6. Parallel Railroad Route Type

    6. Rectangular~ Route Master Type~
      1. Section-Line Route Type
        1. QuarterSection-Line Route Subtype

    7. Tangential~ Route Master Type~
      1. Tangential Across Route Type
      2. Tangential Over Route / Overland Route / Cross-Country Route

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    (Adapted 06/23/02 in part from "Route Types - A Suggested Typology"
    v 4.1 - Second Draft: August 17, 1999 - Original: May 21, 1998