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Is there an official name for the portion of road between the road and an exit? What is it called?
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A gore, gore point, or gore zone is a triangular piece of land found where roads or rivers merge or split. When two roads merge, the area is sometimes referred to as a merge nose.
Gores on freeways in the United States and Canada are frequently marked with stripes or chevrons at both entrance and exit ramps.
- the term is more commonly used among "insiders," such as road construction crews, police, traffic engineers, and so on. (Wikipedia)
- a triangular tract of land, especially one lying between larger divisions. (Random House Dictionary).
From an engineering point of view, definitely, that is not a gore (because a gore has a physical front and is an object) but in AASHTO it is referred as "neutral area".
Image on page 874 from, A policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets by AASHTO, 2001.
Image FOR Illustration fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/07045/inp.cfm
MANUAL: AASHTO American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, Page 10-96
In the UK we call them hatched area or chevron marked area: see pages 62-66 of this official guide
It is a triangle patch of land you do not drive in. While this may not be technical, I've never heard a driving instructor, peace officer, or court refer to this patch as a gore (road). It's pretty short for a road, which is probably why we don't drive in it.
In addition, does this usage apply anywhere else besides the place the Wikipedia author lives, ie, I mean, seriously, like in (other) English-speaking countries?
If it is a technical term, as used within an industry, discipline, profession, or field of study, I as a layman reserve the right to use non-technical terms.
noun a triangular or tapering piece of material used in making a garment, sail, or umbrella.
ORIGIN Old English gāra ‘triangular piece of land,’ of Germanic origin; related to Dutch geer and German Gehre, also probably to Old English gār ‘spear’ (a spearhead being triangular).