Q. How are roadways designated in East Baton Rouge Parish?

A. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission Unified Development Code, the following are approved street name suffixes in the parish:

• Alley: Alleys are public servitudes which generally run behind lots and provide service to homes and businesses, or are otherwise short streets narrower than the standard width. This suffix is generally not used for new streets except in exceptional circumstances.

• Avenue: A road or thoroughfare that serves through traffic, or ingress/egress traffic within a subdivision or subdivisions. This suffix may only be used for east-west oriented streets.

• Boulevard: A through street; can also be an entrance roadway for a larger subdivision. These roads contain a landscaped central reservation and a minimum of four through traffic lanes. Roadways of this deiscription are required to use this suffix per the Unified Development Code.

• Circle: A side street which has both termini on the same road, creating a loop or crescent.

• Court: Short dead end street which terminates in a cul-de-sac. Recommended length is 600 feet or less.

• Drive: A road or thoroughfare that serves through traffic, or ingress/egress traffic within a subdivision or subdivisions. This suffix may only be used for north-south oriented streets.

• Highway: Reserved suffix for sState-maintained roads only.

• Lane: Minor street within a subdivision which may or may not be a dead-end.

• Loop: A side street which has both termini on the same road, creating a loop or crescent.

• Place: Short dead end street which terminates in a cul-de-sac.

• Parkway: A thoroughfare designated as a major street. These roadways should include a median or central reservation.

• Road: A thoroughfare serving primarily rural areas, with a length greater than one-half mile in length.

• Street: A road or thoroughfare that serves through traffic or continues across several subdivisions.

• Thruway: A major street with a minimum of four through traffic lanes and a dedicated central reservation.

• Walk: A side street within an older neighborhood. This suffix is generally not used for new streets except in exceptional circumstances.

• Way: Minor street within a subdivision which may or may not be a dead-end.

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