We Need to Talk About Western Colorado’s Fraction Roads
Whoever was in charge of naming the roads around western Colorado must have failed remedial math. Allow me to explain.
One of western Colorado's road naming scheme is the use of numbers or letter. For the most part, the number of roads represents the distance in miles from the Utah border.
For instance, 25 Road is 25 miles from Utah.
This naming convention is used in other states and cities with a similar theme. In Detroit, there are the "Mile" roads, these roads represent the miles from Detroit's city center. You may remember rapper Eminem's movie 8 Mile. This is based on 8 Mile Road, which you guessed it, it's 8 miles from Detroit.
In western Colorado, we add fractions to our roads, like 25 1/2 Road or C 3/4 Road. I'm sure you get that's just a half mile or three-quarters mile between roads.
Simple enough, right?!
But there's a simple mathematical issue with some of the fractions. A rule that most people learn in the 4th or 5th grade isn't being followed -- reducing the fraction to its lowest terms.
You remember this rule, right? Let's say we have 2/4. We know, or should know, that this is really 1/2. What about 6/8? That would be 3/4.
So why, pray tell, do we have roads with names like 15 5/10 Road or A 2/10 Road? Wouldn't those really be 15 1/2 Road and A 1/5 Road?
There's also 9 8/10 Road (9 4/5) and J 6/10 (J 3/5).
Am I missing something? Is there a purpose behind this?
Someone, please explain this madness!