national road, noun phrase

Also with initial capital(s). Any major intercity road financed by the National Transport Commission. Also attributive. See also N sense 2.
1935 Act 42 in Stat. of Union 284There shall be established a board to be known as the National Road Board, consisting of six members, appointed by the Minister.
1935 Act 42 in Stat. of Union 286The Governor-General may, on the recommendation of the board..declare to be a national road, any road or part of a road the immediate or early construction or reconstruction of which is, in the opinion of the Governor-General, necessary in the national interest.
1939 Report of National Rd Board for 1938 (UG19–1939) 324Some of the smaller Municipalities might not be in a position to finance the construction of the national roads through their respective areas.
1941 C. Birkby Springbok Victory 160An unending column of transport was moving along a wide ‘autostrada’ which, for most of its length, was as good as a stretch of asphalted national road in the Union.
1948 George & Knysna Herald 21 May 3The attention of the Provincial Administration has been drawn to devastation of the natural beauty caused by the construction of the National Road between George..and Stormsriver.
1955 L.G. Green Karoo 14It was an intimate journey, never so monotonous as the modern rush along the tarred national roads.
1963 A. Delius Day Natal Took Off 9He didn’t realize that Sobisa would make straight for the national road to Durban and thumb a lift with a returning dagga-runner.
1971 Argus 4 May 9National road engineers are not concerned about the scenic beauty, but are interested only in the straightest route.
1973 Daily Dispatch 12 May 2It is the department’s intention for existing tarred roads to be rebuilt to certain standards before being deproclaimed as national roads and handed over to the provinces.
1985 P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at Palace 18There, that’s the old National Road over there with the white lines painted on it. It tells you you are going somewhere important.
1991 J. Cooper in Weekend Post 5 Oct. 7Namaqualand daisies grow profusely in bright drifts along the national road N7 between Garies and Kamieskroon.
1993 Weekend Post 15 May (Leisure) 5Take the Jeffreys Bay-Mondplaas turn-off onto the old national road.
Any major intercity road financed by the National Transport Commission. Also attributive.
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