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In Portuguese we call it marginal (which I would say relates to the word margin, i.e at the border of something).

No result from Google Translate felt as the right answer.

We may say for example Vou pela marginal which means I'm going to take the __ road.

edit My bad, I posed the question wrong I guess. I forgot to mention that what I had in mind was roads at the coast, I'm not sure every country has roads at their borders (probably not), but countries with beaches usually have roads for better access. So I meant, roads touching the ocean or something like that. Coastal road/highway would be it.

  • In the US the concept of "bypass" for a road passing around a town or other congested area is fairly common (and goes back 100 years or so). We don't really have any countries that one could (physically, at least) "circumvent". – Hot Licks Jul 20 '18 at 12:15
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    See my comment on accepted answer :P bad word choice, any suggestions for a better title? I was thinking of coast highways, that give access to beaches. – RealAnyOne Jul 20 '18 at 12:40
  • Doesn't the OP mean circumnavigate? – DJohnson Jul 20 '18 at 13:06
  • 6. Estrada ou rua junto à margem ou junto a uma grande extensão de água. in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa [em linha], 2008-2013, priberam.pt/dlpo/marginal [consultado em 20-07-2018]. That means coastal road but can also a road along a river or lake or the coast. The definition in Portuguese means: along a body of water. – Lambie Jul 20 '18 at 15:52
  • In English, we say; roads along the coast. A margem de, or marginal means along or alongside in English. Coastal highways or coastal motorways. – Lambie Jul 20 '18 at 16:27
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It depends on the morphology and the boundaries of the country.

Coastal road/highway is an example of a road running along the border of a country partly surrounded by the sea.

A more generic expression is border road!

  • What about land locked countries, say? – Kris Jul 20 '18 at 12:31
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    My bad, I posed the question wrong I guess. I forgot to mention that what I had in mind was roads at the coast, I'm not sure every country has roads at their borders (probably not), but countries with beaches (where the sea is touching them) usually have roads for better access. So I ment, roads touching the ocean or something like that. Coastal road/highway would be it. – RealAnyOne Jul 20 '18 at 12:36
  • @RealAnyOne - I first thought about the cost because you talked about Portugal..which has bearthtaking coastal roads. – user240918 Jul 20 '18 at 12:43
  • A coastal road does not mean at all "running along the border of a country". Border road is completely off. A border road would mean a road running along a border (of some kind). – Lambie Jul 20 '18 at 16:15
  • @Lambie - have you ever been to Florida? – user240918 Jul 20 '18 at 16:16
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  1. Estrada ou rua junto à margem ou junto a uma grande extensão de água. in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa [em linha], 2008-2013, https://www.priberam.pt/dlpo/marginal [consultado em 20-07-2018].

    Priberam is an excellent Portuguese dictionary.

Translation of the definition: A highway or road alongside or to the side of a large body of water.

So, roads run along rivers, coastlines or lakes.

That would give us: coastal road, riverine road (technical), road along a river or river road or riverside road (non-technical) and lakeside road or road along a lake.

In Portugal, the highway (BrE: motorway) that runs along the coast, is said to be a marginal, but not all marginals need run along the seacoast.

Example: Cascais coastal road

The article says: Marginal de Cascais cortada devido às ondas Via está encerrada entre Caxias e Paço de Arcos.

Cascais Coastal Highway [or Road] Shut Off due to waves

Estrada marginal in the article is again: Coastal road. Because the road is "by the sea" (alongside), it is "uma estrada à margem do mar.

coastal highway [American English]or coastal motorway [British English]

  • Can you edit to emphasize the final answer of coastal highway/motorway? – shoover Jul 20 '18 at 19:36
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In Ame usage:

a beltway TFD

A high-speed highway that encircles or skirts an urban area.

a bypass TFD

A highway or section of a highway that passes around an obstructed or congested area.

As America is composed of 50 states and only has 2 contiguous countries, these terms are used to circumvent said areas when traveling by car (not to be confused with detour, which is usually a temporary re-routing).

A highway or section of a highway that passes around an obstructed or congested area.

  • A beltway in Portuguese is a via periférica, not a via marginal. – Lambie Jul 20 '18 at 16:14

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