What is a limited access highway?

I heard someone mention a “limited access highway” the other day. What is that?

Melanie Johnson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Good question! A limited access highway is a road for high-speed traffic that connects major towns and cities. “Limited access” refers to there being no intersections on these roads—instead, drivers must use ramps to enter/exit the highway.
Most likely, you’ve probably just heard this type of road called a highway. Here are some highway facts you might not know:
  • The National Highway System was created in the 1950s.
  • The longest road in the U.S. is Highway 20 (US 20), which connects the Pacific Northwest to New England.
  • US 20 spans 3,365 miles and passes through a dozen states.
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