Roads in Baustralia

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Baustralia 500
(2017-2021)
Highway 6
(2021-2022)
Highway 4
(2022-)

Roads in Baustralia and the colonies of the Empire are set forth by Acts of Parliament. Two road systems were formed, the National Routes System, and the Ostreum Routes System. The latter was shortly merged into the Baustralian system. As such, colonies will contain Baustralian Roads, not Ostreum Roads, for example. Colonial shields replace the national arms with the colonial arms, and the colony name is used in place of the Baustralian county.

Route shields are described in the National Routes Act, and are the same design as the former Holderton Road. They are trapezoidal, with the short face upward, and measure 17.75 × 17.75", or 35.4375 × 35.4375" for large signs. The official black and white royal arms of the realm are used, with Baustralia displaying the Royal Arms, and Ostreum displaying the Ostrei arms, etc. In Baustralia, the county that the route is in displays below the route number, and is replaced by the name of the colony when not in the Kingdom.

Route numbers do not have a specific pattern. While most are in order of establishment, the first 12 are in numerical order with their former route number, that is Flavora Road 10 becoming Highway 1, and Highway 504 becoming Highway 12. If a highway is disestablished, its route number will not be assigned until absolutely neccessary.

Naming schemes

While some municipalities have named some local roads, a fair amount are named in honour of certain members of Baustralia, including the prime ministers and deputy prime ministers.

Baustralian Road Plan

The Baustralian Road Plan is an initiative formed by the Crown of Baustralia in conjunction with the Secretary of State for Routes. All Baustralian roads in Red County, formerly Flavora, will be named after a Prime Minister of Baustralia. Highway 1 holds the name of McGrath Road, Highway 3 is Lady Parker Road, Highway 4 is Burgardt Road, Highway 7 is Timpson Road, and Highway 9 holds the name of Sullivan Highway.

It was originally called the Flavora Road Plan until it was extended in 2022 to include Highway 3 in Wabasso, Highways 4 and 5 in Seamanhattan.

Deputy Prime Minister's Routes

A similar route system was created for Deputy Prime Ministers in a similar manner. A former deputy prime minister who becomes a prime minister is not eligible for the Baustralian Road Plan. Similarly, a former prime minister who becomes a deputy prime minister is not eligible to have a Deputy Prime Minister's Route. In the case of deputy prime ministers James Gardner and Lord Englewood, as Highway 15 and 14 are already named in their honour respectively, the highway was added to this system.

Named are Highways 14 - Morris Road, 15 - Gardner Road, 49 - Doig Road, 51 - Day Highway, 52 - Pickles Boulevard, and 53 - Broersma Road.

Concurrencies

Concurrencies are uncommon in Baustralia, and usually only exist for very short distances. However, the recently formed international route system are all fully concurrent with some pre-existing road. Like most nations, concurrencies are designated with multiple signs, with the main route which the other routes merge onto, taking precedence on the left, then the rest in descending numerical order. There are three two-way concurrencies, Highway 50 and Highway 43, Highway 50 and Highway 46, and Highway 53 and Highway 28. At one point, concurrencies shared one shield, using a fraction.

Spur routes

Highway 33 in Ostreum has two connections to Kingstown via Highway 19, and this connection was formerly part of Highway 32. When Highway 32 was deleted, the bridge was the only section to remain a road, being downloaded to the local government. It was later assigned Highway 33A, then 33 Aux., a spur route of Highway 33. A second bypass was created in the event of a closure of Highway 33A. It was signed 33B, 33 Bus., and 6. It was reverted to the designation of Highway 33 Business.

2022 shield referendum

An informal poll was put out to citizens of Baustralia to determine the preferred road sign out of a list of options. This was done as the inverted flowerpot design was a carry-over from the former route system, and was picked arbitrarily. Options were to maintain the status quo, the former Baustralian Highway route shield from 2018 without the Baustralia legend; the former Flavora design, but in blue, and with a BAUSTRALIA legend; the former Mild Pond design, but with a Baustralian fish; two Ontario-based designs, one with the Tudor crown, and one completely crownless, in white-on-blue; and finally, two designs based on the Paloman Federal Highway/United States Route signs, with one in blue-on-white very similar to the Paloman shield, while the other design, while having the same shape as the Paloman one, the same colour scheme as an Interstate Highway. The Mild Pond shield proved most popular, and was implemented with the Popular Route Shields Act.

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