Roads

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For tips on how to best handle traffic, see Traffic. For help on road modding, see Road Editor.

Roads are the most basic tool for building cities, but also the most important. There are several different types of roads available and they serve mainly two purposes: traffic and zoning. At the start of a new city, only the two-lane road is available. More types of roads are unlocked after building the first road, and the rest are unlocked through milestones.

Certain road types are more suitable for residential zones and some for faster and heavier traffic. Some of the higher capacity roads such as highways do not even allow zoning next to them. Vehicles on larger roads also tend to generate more noise pollution and decrease the land value around them.

Driving side[edit | edit source]

When creating a new city, the side of the road (left or right) on which vehicles drive can be selected. Right-hand-drive is the default. The driving side cannot be changed later in the game.

Road construction and tools[edit | edit source]

Building a Road[edit | edit source]

Roads can be drawn with the Road Tool. There are four different options for drawing roads, which are listed below.

  • Straight – allows for the construction of road sections in straight lines by choosing the start and end points.
  • Curved – allows for the construction roads that curve and bend. To make a curved road, the first left mouse click makes a point which is used as a tangent for curve in the road and the second click will build the road.
  • Freeform – allows for the construction of straight and curved roads.
  • Upgrade – allows for changing existing roads to a different road type. Despite the name, the tool can also be used to change any form of road to another, including "downgrades" to narrower or less decorated roads. Also, when right-clicking a one-way road of any type, including highways, the driving direction is reversed.

If city service buildings and/or other “ploppable” buildings are in the way of a road, they must be demolished or relocated to build it. Ordinary zoned buildings don't enjoy such privileges and will be automatically demolished. Trees and props will be hidden when a road is built through them, and will reappear once the road is demolished.

To build a straight road, first click the left mouse button at the starting point, then move the mouse cursor to plan the road placement, and click again to build the road. Road placement can be cancelled with the right mouse button.

Creating a straight road

1. Click the left mouse button at the starting point. 2. Plan the road by moving the end-point with the mouse cursor. 3. Click the left mouse button again at the ending point. The road is built and the zoning grid appears next to the road.
1. Click the left mouse button at the starting point. 2. Plan the road by moving the end-point with the mouse cursor. 3. Click the left mouse button again at the ending point. The road is built and the zoning grid appears next to the road.

Controlling road height[edit | edit source]

Controlling road height is the primary way to achieve grade separation, allowing traffic to cross with minimal interference. Elevated and underground roads allow traffic to move faster and smoother because they remove the need for stop signs and traffic lights, but come with the disadvantage that they typically do not allow zoning next to them, removing some constructible space. Some buildings can be placed partially underneath elevated roads (depending on the height of the road), but elevated roads typically require support pillars, which limit the usable space beneath them.

Road height can be adjusted by using the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN keys while building the road. On Mac keyboards, where the page up/down keys are unmarked, the keyboard combinations are Fn + or Fn + . The elevation step (the change in height caused by pressing PAGE UP or PAGE DOWN once) can be changed by clicking on the vertical bar next to the road types. The default elevation step is 12 meters, but it can be adjusted to 3, 6, or 12 meters.

Elevated roads[edit | edit source]

Road elevation is dependent on the height of the ground on which the start of the road is built. This means that not all roads at the same amount of increased elevation will be at the same height. There is a limit to how steep a road incline/decline can be. There is also a limit on how high a road can be. Roads above a certain height become bridges.

The ongoing upkeep expense for elevated roads is higher than the ground-level version of the same road, often 2-to-3 times more. For example, the basic ground-level Highway road has an ongoing upkeep expense of .96/week/cell. While a one-tier high, elevated road of the same type has an upkeep expense of 2.08/week/cell.

Underground roads[edit | edit source]

All roads (excluding the gravel road) can be made underground in the same manner as an elevated road. Like elevated roads, the initial construction expenditure for underground roads cost extra but do not occupy zoned areas, thus they free up more space for building. However, underground roads tend to collide with underground metro and/or train tracks and can only be viewed by bringing up the transportation panel or by using PAGE DOWN to go below ground level when the road tool is equipped. Similar to elevated roads, there are limits to how steep an underground road incline/decline can slope, and has limits of depth for the tunnels. Be aware that the ongoing upkeep expense for underground roads is quite substantial as compared to its basic ground-level version of the same road (For example: The basic ground-level Highway road has an ongoing upkeep expense of .96/week/cell. While the underground tunnel for the Highway road has an upkeep expense of 5.12/week/cell ).

Snapping Options[edit | edit source]

Clicking the button next to the road building options brings up menu to control snapping. When building roads, they will automatically snap to other roads, angles, the zoning grid, and road guidelines. The snapping options can be used to adjust the way that snapping works by toggling different aspects of it.

Auto-Paint Pedestrian Area[edit | edit source]

When a pedestrian street is selected, there is a button to toggle whether or not building a pedestrian street out of a pedestrian area will automatically expand it. This also works with the upgrade tool.

Tree Replacement[edit | edit source]

The free update released alongside Airports added the ability to change the trees on tree-lined roads and paths. This can be done by clicking on a segment of a tree-lined road or path with any tree. This does not cost anything and works identically to the upgrade tool.

Road features[edit | edit source]

Directions[edit | edit source]

One-way roads allow traffic in one direction only and can decrease traffic congestion. The direction in which the road is drawn also determines the direction of the traffic. Traffic will move from the starting point to the end point of the road. One way roads include most highways and highway ramps, so make sure to place highways in the right direction. Service vehicles cannot go against the flow of traffic and so even if a building next to a fire station is on fire if it is the wrong way down a one-way road the fire trucks will have to take the long route. Commercial and industrial buildings also require goods to be delivered and picked up, if they are unable to be serviced often enough on a one way road they may stop operating effectively.

Two-way roads allow travel in both directions. These roads can increase traffic congestion but allow for less restricted pathing for cars through cities and so small two-way roads make for ideal low traffic roads.

It is possible to change one-way road to two-way and vice-versa using the road building tool in upgrade mode (exclamation mark button). It also allows to change one-way road direction by right-clicking a one-way road when in upgrade mode.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Decorations on roads reduce noise pollution and increase local land value. Roadside trees have a greater effect than grass but cost more for placement and upkeep.

Roads without decorations (grass or trees) provide parking spaces, allowing residents and tourists to switch to pedestrian mode (to enter their homes or businesses, switch to bus or metro lines, visit tourist areas, etc.). Four-lane roads, with or without decorations, will always provide parking spaces, allowing residents and tourists to leave their cars, and reducing noise. Indeed, land value will be increased. Four-lane roads with decorations retain their parking spaces.

Sound barriers reduce noise pollution on highways, but increase the construction and upkeep costs of them.

The best way to reduce noise pollution from highways is, if possible, to build them under the ground. Noise will be limited to entrances and exits of the highways.

Lanes[edit | edit source]

Two-lane roads support low traffic and are suitable for most residential areas and low-traffic service roads.

Four-lane roads support moderate traffic. Also, the median barrier prevents vehicles from making left turns outside of intersections, so they will somewhat act like two one-way roads. Vehicles must take the good way to reach their destination, and thus if necessary the longer path. This can reduce/remove congestion around some buildings (i.e. : freight, …)

Six-Lane roads support high traffic and are suitable for mass traffic that still requires development on the roadside.

Highways support very high traffic and high speeds but do not allow for roadside zoning.

Highway ramps support medium traffic and average speed, and are used to connect highways to roads or other highways. They are slightly more expensive than one-way two-lane roads, but are subject to different traffic rules than one-way roads. Highway ramps do not allow roadside zoning.

Intersections & Traffic[edit | edit source]

When two roads cross they create an intersection. There are two types of intersections: with and without the traffic lights. The traffic lights are one of the main reasons for traffic jams and - in general - should be avoided. It is also possible for the player to place or remove traffic lights. Their appearance depends only on the type of the roads that cross at the intersections, and the rules for initial placement are as follows:

  • Two-lane roads don't create traffic lights at their crossing (both one- and two-way).
  • Four-lane roads create traffic lights at crossings excluding one-way and in some cases two-lanes two-ways roads going away from the four-lane. This rule overrides no-lights rules of other road types, so an intersection of a four-lane with a highway WILL have traffic lights.
  • Six-lane roads create traffic lights at all crossings excluding one-way roads going away from the six-lane.
  • Highways do not create traffic lights if connected with one-ways, if not it will create.
  • Two-lane roads can be used to make round-abouts. There will not be traffic lights on a round-about, and thus can reduce congestion by avoiding "collisions". The round-about is the best solution for multiple roads on a same intersection, but manages a lower traffic.

Traffic Routes[edit | edit source]

Traffic routes.png This info view contains three features, all aiming to help the player analyse and control the player's network.

Routes[edit | edit source]

The routes view. With all the vehicles showing, it is quite hard to figure out anything.

With this info view, the player is able to see the routes that the vehicles take. By clicking on any street, multiple coloured lines will show up. Each of these lines represents a vehicle travelling through this piece of road. It is possible to filter the view to view only the vehicles that the player wants to see.

Junctions[edit | edit source]

The junctions info view allows the player to control the signage of the junction, and to add or remove traffic lights. To do so the player must either click on the stop signs of the roads that should stop, or click on the traffic lights.

Adjust Roads[edit | edit source]

The adjust roads info view allows the player to redraw the route of the road. This can be done by dragging the circle at either end of the green line to somewhere else. It is also possible to rename the road from this view.

Road Maintenance[edit | edit source]

Roads do not actually degrade, nor do they require maintenance. The Road Maintenance Depot deploys trucks that simulate road maintenance as they drive over them, temporarily boosting the speed limit on the road. This speed boost will gradually fade until the road is back to its normal speed limit, or until a Road Maintenance truck passes over it again. Highways and pedestrian streets cannot be boosted. Snow removal (on snow maps only) is provided by plows from Snow Dumps.

Building Unlocked Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Pollution Noise
Pollution
Water
(m3/week)
Electricity
(kW)
Size
(cells)
DLC Notes
Road maintenance depot.png
Road maintenance depot
Busy Town 40,000 480 0 0 160 160 8×4 DLC icon snowfall.png Maintenance Trucks boost speeds on roads for a short while.
Maintenance truck capacity: 10
Snow dump.png
Snow dump
Little Hamlet 5,000 32 0 100 160 160 10×8 DLC icon snowfall.png Snow ploughs clear snow from roads and take it to the Snow Dump where it is slowly melted. Can only be moved or demolished when empty.
Capacity: 10 snow ploughs and 250,000 snow

Collapsed roads[edit | edit source]

A collapsed road with traffic waiting for the obstacle to be removed.

Some disasters, such as the tornado, can damage roads. When this happens the road is marked with the collapsed icon and becomes impassable to traffic. There is no automatic method to repair collapsed road: maintenance depot ignores the problem, and disaster response units limit themselves to buildings. You have to manually repair all the roads, doing it quickly, because emergency units, firefighters and people returning from shelters are prevented like anyone else. Sadly, emergency units have no jeep/special vehicles.

Repairing a collapsed road

1. Select any type of road from the roads menu and then select upgrade road. 2. Place the cursor over the section of road with the collapsed icon. The section of road will highlight blue. 3. Click the left mouse button. The collapsed icon will be removed and traffic will now be able to pass.
1. Select the type of road from the roads menu and then select upgrade road. 2. Place the cursor over the section of road with the collapsed icon. The section of road will highlight blue. 3. Click the left mouse button. The collapsed icon will be removed and traffic will now be able to pass.

NOTE: It is not necessary to select exact type of road. With any road selected, left click on damaged segment, and the original type will appear. Clicking a second time the road would be upgraded to the new type selected.

List of road types[edit | edit source]

Note that the road width of all roads under the Small Roads tab, and the ramps under the Highways tab, is 2 squares. The two- and three-lane highways are 3 squares wide, the Large Cargo Airport Road is 7 squares wide, and the road width of every other road is 4 squares.

Please note that speed is increased when maintenance is correctly done. Emergency vehicles will drive faster than the speed limit on all types of roads. They will change lanes frequently to pass other vehicles, but will not cross into oncoming traffic.

NOTE: Some road icons are outdated, as the free update alongside Plazas and Promenades updated some of the road icons.

Road Parking, Sidewalks, and Lanes Category Unlocked Added in
(DLC/Version)
Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Speed limit
(km/h)
Notes
Asymmetrical three-lane road.png Asymmetrical Three-Lane Road 2+1

Has Sidewalks No Parking

Sidewalks

Small Roads Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 40 A three-lane road with two lanes going in one direction and one in the other. Can be reversed with the upgrade tool.
Four-lane highway.png Four-Lane Highway 4 Lanes

No Sidewalks No Parking

Highways Boom Town DLC icon mass transit.png 110/cell 1.76/cell 100 A large highway going in one direction
Four-lane highway with sound barriers.png Four-Lane Highway with Sound Barriers Highways Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 130/cell 2.08/cell 100 A large highway going in one direction with sound barriers
Four-lane Road.png Four-Lane Road 2+2

Has Sidewalks Has Parking

Medium Roads Start* 60/cell 0.80/cell 50 -
Four-lane Road with Grass.png Four-Lane Road with Decorative Grass Medium Roads Busy Town 70/cell 0.96/cell 50 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Four-lane Road with Trees.png Four-Lane Road with Decorative Trees Medium Roads Busy Town 80/cell 1.12/cell 50
Four-lane Road with bicycle lanes.png Four-Lane Road with Bicycle Lanes 2+2

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Busy Town DLC icon after dark.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 50 Allows usage by cyclists.
Four-lane Road with bus lanes.png Four-Lane Road with Bus Lanes 2+2

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Boom Town DLC icon after dark.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 50 Has a dedicated lane for buses.
Four-lane Road with tram tracks.png Four-Lane Road with Tram Tracks 2+2 with inside tram lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Boom Town DLC icon snowfall.png 100/cell 1.36/cell 50 Allows connection to the tram network.
Four-Lane Road Trolleybus Wires.png Four-Lane Road with Trolleybus Wires 2+2

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Busy Town DLC icon sunset harbor.png 80/cell 0.96/cell 50 Allows connection to the trolleybus network.
Highway.png Highway 3 Lanes

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town 70/cell 0.96/cell 100 Road is one-way
Highway with Barriers.png Highway with Sound Barrier Highways Busy Town 90/cell 1.28/cell 100 Reduces noise pollution.
Highway Ramp.png Highway Ramp 1 Lane

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town 30/cell 0.32/cell 80 Road is one-way.
Large avenue with bus lanes.png Large Avenue with Bus Lanes 2+2

No Parking Has Sidewalks plus a central walkway

Medium Roads Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 80/cell 0.60/cell 50 Avenue with bus lanes.
Large avenue with grass.png Large Avenue with Grass 1+1

Has Parking Has Sidewalks plus a central walkway

Medium Roads Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 80/cell 0.60/cell 50 Avenue with a decorative grass strip and parking space.
Large cargo airport road.png Large Cargo Airport Road 2+1+1+2

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Boom Town DLC icon airports.png 75/cell 1.20/cell 40 A large road optimized for airport area cargo traffic which cannot be built on slopes. Place cargo aircraft stands along this road for maximum efficiency.
Must have a level 3 airport area to unlock.
Medium cargo airport road.png Medium Cargo Airport Road 2+2

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Boom Town DLC icon airports.png 60/cell 0.96/cell 40 A road optimized for airport area cargo traffic which cannot be built on slopes. Place cargo aircraft stands along this road for maximum efficiency.
Must have a level 3 airport area to unlock.
Medium Industry Road.png Medium Industry Road 2+2

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Tiny Town DLC icon industries.png 50/cell 0.64/cell 50 Cheaper than regular Four-Lane Road, but generates more noise pollution.
Monorail tracks on four-lane road.png Monorail Tracks on Four-Lane Road 2+2 plus two-way monorail tracks

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Medium Roads Small City DLC icon mass transit.png 110/cell 1.76/cell 50 An avenue with built-in elevated monorail tracks; can be connected to other monorail tracks and stations.
Monorail tracks on two-lane road.png Monorail Tracks on Two-Lane Road 1+1 plus two-way monorail tracks

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Small City DLC icon mass transit.png 80/cell 1.28/cell 40 A road with built-in elevated monorail tracks; can be connected to other monorail tracks and stations.
Six-lane One-way.png Six-Lane One-Way Road 6 Lanes

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Start* 80/cell 0.96/cell 60
Six-lane One-way Road with Grass.png Six-Lane One-Way Road with Decorative Grass 6 Lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Busy Town 90/cell 1.12/cell 60 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Six-lane One-way Road with Trees.png Six-Lane One-Way Road with Decorative Trees Large Roads Busy Town 100/cell 1.28/cell 60 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Six-lane Road.png Six-Lane Road 3+3

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Start* 80/cell 0.96/cell 60
Six-lane Road with Grass.png Six-Lane Road with Decorative Grass 3+3

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Busy Town 90/cell 1.12/cell 60 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Six-lane Road with Trees.png Six-Lane Road with Decorative Trees Large Roads Busy Town 100/cell 1.28/cell 60 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Six-lane Road with bicycle lanes.png Six-Lane Road with Bicycle Lanes Large Roads Busy Town DLC icon after dark.png 90/cell 0.96/cell 60 Allows usage by cyclists.
Six-lane Road with bus lanes.png Six-Lane Road with Bus Lanes 3+3

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Busy Town DLC icon after dark.png 80/cell 0.96/cell 60 Has a dedicated lane for buses.
Small Industry Road.png Small Industry Road 1+1

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Tiny Town DLC icon industries.png 30/cell 0.25/cell 40 Cheaper than regular two-lane road, but generates more noise pollution.
Gravel Road.png Two-Lane Gravel Road 1+1

Has Parking No sidewalks, but is walkable

Small Roads Start* 20/cell 0.19/cell 30 Cannot tunnel, but when elevated, turns into a wooden bridge; can be steeper than other roads.[1]
Straight is, in most cases, a covered bridge; Curved is a wooden bridge.[2]
Tram track.png Tram track 1+1

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Tram track Boom Town DLC icon snowfall.png 65/cell 0.48/cell 40 Allows connection to the tram network.
Tram track One-Way.png One-Way Tram track 1 Lane

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Tram track Boom Town DLC icon snowfall.png 45/cell 0.32/cell 40 Allows one-way connection to the tram network.
Two-lane highway.png Two-Lane (One-Way) Highway 2 Lanes

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town DLC icon mass transit.png 50/cell 0.80/cell 100 A one-way highway.
One-way highway with sound barriers.png (Two-Lane) One-Way Highway with Sound Barriers Highways Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 65/cell 1.04/cell 100 A one-way highway with sound barriers.
Two-lane One-way Road.png Two-Lane One-Way Road 2 Lanes

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Start* 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Two-Lane One-Way Small Industry Road.png Two-Lane One-Way Small Industry Road 2 Lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Tiny Town DLC icon industries.png 30/cell 0.25/cell 40 Cheaper than regular Two-Lane One-Way Road, but generates more noise pollution.
Two-lane One-way Road with Grass.png Two-Lane One-Way Road with Grass Small Roads Busy Town 50/cell 0.40/cell 40 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Two-lane One-way Road with Trees.png Two-Lane One-Way Road with Trees Small Roads Busy Town 60/cell 0.48/cell 40 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Two-lane One-way Road tram tracks.png Two-Lane One-way Road with Tram Tracks 2 Lanes

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Boom Town DLC icon snowfall.png 70/cell 0.56/cell 40 Allows connection to the tram network.
Two-lane One-way Road Trolleybus Wires.png Two-Lane One-way Road with Trolleybus Wires Small Roads Busy Town DLC icon sunset harbor.png 50/cell 0.40/cell 40 Allows connection to the trolleybus network.
Two-lane Road.png Two-Lane Road 1+1

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Start 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Two-lane Road with Grass.png Two-Lane Road with Grass 1+1

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Busy Town 50/cell 0.40/cell 40 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Two-lane Road with Trees.png Two-Lane Road with Trees Small Roads Busy Town 60/cell 0.48/cell 40 Lowers noise pollution; increases land value.
Two-lane Road bicycle lanes.png Two-Lane Road with Bicycle Lanes Small Roads Busy Town DLC icon after dark.png 40/cell 0.32/cell 40 Allows usage by cyclists.
Two-lane Road tram tracks.png Two-Lane Road with Tram Tracks 1+1

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Boom Town DLC icon snowfall.png 70/cell 0.56/cell 40 Allows connection to the tram network.
Two-lane Road Trolleybus Wires.png Two-Lane Road with Trolleybus Wires Small Roads Busy Town DLC icon sunset harbor.png 50/cell 0.40/cell 40 Allows connection to the trolleybus network.
Two-way highway.png Two-Way Highway 1+1

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town DLC icon mass transit.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 100 Two-lane highway with one lane going in each direction.
Two-way highway with sound barriers.png Two-Way Highway with Sound Barriers Highways Busy Town DLC icon mass transit.png 80/cell 1.12/cell 100 Two-lane highway with one lane going in each direction, with sound barriers.
64px American Two-Lane Truss Bridge 1+1

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 40/cell 0.32/cell 40 US style, 2 lane wide metal truss bridge and road with custom concrete textured sidewalks.
64px American Four-Lane Truss Bridge 2+2

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 50 US style, 4 lane wide metal truss bridge and avenue with custom stone textured sidewalks.
64px American Six-Lane Stone Bridge 3+3

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 80/cell 0.96/cell 60 US style 6 lane fake stone bridge and avenue with custom colored concrete sidewalks.
64px European Two-Lane Stone Bridge 1+1

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 40/cell 0.32/cell 40 Euro style, 2 lane wide medieval road bridge with custom stone textured sidewalks.
64px European Four-Lane Stone Bridge 2+2

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 60/cell 0.80/cell 50 Euro style, 4 lane wide concrete bridge and avenue with custom concrete textured sidewalks.
64px European Six-Lane Stone Bridge 3+3

Has Parking Has Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Start* DLC icon bridges and piers.png 80/cell 0.96/cell 60 Euro style 6 lane stone bridge and avenue with custom cobblestone sidewalks.
64px Three-Lane Highway Viaduct 3 Lanes

No Parking No Sidewalks

Bridges and Piers Boom Town DLC icon bridges and piers.png 70/cell 0.96/cell 100 3 lane highway bridge with a concrete look.
64px Two-Lane Road with Wide Sidewalks 1+1 Lanes

No Parking Wide Sidewalks

Small Roads Start* 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Two-Way Bus-Only Expressway 1+1 Lanes

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town 1.15 60/cell 0.80/cell 100 Can only be used by emergency vehicles and buses.
Two-Way Bus-Only Expressway with Sound Barriers Highways Busy Town 1.15 80/cell 1.12/cell 100 Can only be used by emergency vehicles and buses.
Bus-Only Expressway Ramp 1 Lane

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town 1.15 30/cell 0.32/cell 80 Can only be used by emergency vehicles and buses.
Highway with Bus-Only Lane 3 Lanes

No Parking No Sidewalks

Highways Boom Town 1.15 70/cell 0.96/cell 100 Innermost lane is a bus-only lane, which can only be used by emergency vehicles and buses.
Highway with Bus-Only Lane with Sound Barriers Highways Busy Town 1.15 90/cell 1.28/cell 100 Innermost lane is a bus-only lane, which can only be used by emergency vehicles and buses. Sound barriers reduce noise pollution.
(Small) Four-Lane Road 2+2 Lanes

No Parking Narrow Sidewalks

Small Roads Tiny Town 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
(Small) Four-Lane Road with Bus Lanes Small Roads Boom Town 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40 Outermost lanes are bus lanes.
Two-Lane Road with Median 1+1 Lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Start* 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Two-Lane Road with Grass Median Small Roads Busy Town 1.15 50/cell 0.40/cell 40
Two-Lane Road with Median Trees Small Roads Busy Town 1.15 60/cell 0.48/cell 40
Six-Lane Road with Median 3+3 Lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Large Roads Start* 1.15 80/cell 0.96/cell 60
Six-Lane Road with Grass Median Large Roads Busy Town 1.15 90/cell 1.12/cell 60
Six-Lane Road with Median Trees Large Roads Busy Town 1.15 100/cell 1.28/cell 60
Six-Lane Road with Median Trees and Bus Lanes Large Roads Busy Town 1.15 100/cell 1.28/cell 60 Outermost lanes are bus lanes.
Two-Lane One-Way Road with Wide Sidewalks 2 Lanes

No Parking Wide Sidewalks

Small Roads Start* 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Three-Lane One-Way Road 3 Lanes

No Parking Has Sidewalks

Small Roads Tiny Town 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40
Four-Lane One-Way Road 4 Lanes

No Parking Narrow Sidewalks

Small Roads Tiny Town 1.15 40/cell 0.32/cell 40


*The very first road built must be a two-lane road. After building any amount of this anywhere on the tile the other starting road types are unlocked.

Steam Workshop modifications are necessary in order for custom road types to be constructed.

Intersections and Roundabouts[edit | edit source]

Included in the roads menu are four pre-built road structure assets, two roundabouts, two highway intersections, and four types of toll booths. In a technical sense, these add nothing to the options available to the player, as these structures can be built at the same cost manually from the road types listed above and are identical to such manually built roads once placed. Practically however these are useful, simplifying the task of creating complex road structures. Once placed, the player can bulldoze or upgrade any of the structure's road sections without needing to change the rest of the structure.

Players can change the elevation at which a new intersection or roundabout is placed using the Page Up and Page Down keys. Raising or undergrounding an asset will make the construction considerably more expensive.

Custom intersections can be created in the Asset Editor. A large number of custom intersections are also available on the Steam Workshop; however, some of those intersections require Steam Workshop modifications, as those intersections use custom road types.

Road Category Unlocked Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Top
Speed
Notes
Small Roundabout Intersections Start* 2,480 20 varies Consists of a loop of one-way, two lane road and four equally spaced two-way, two-lane entry/exit roads.
Large Roundabout Intersections Boom Town 7,600 99 varies Consists of a loop of highway and four equally spaced two-way, six-lane entry/exit roads.
Three-Way Intersection Intersections Boom Town 16,240 195 varies Consists of highway and highway ramps.
Cloverleaf Intersection Intersections Boom Town 25,930 320 varies Consists of highway and highway ramps.

*The very first road built must be a two-lane road. After building any amount of this anywhere on the tile the small roundabout is unlocked.

Toll Booths[edit | edit source]

Toll booths, which were introduced in Patch 1.11.0, allow the player to earn extra money for using a road or accessing an area. All vehicles must pay a certain fee to pass through the toll booth, which can be set by the player via the Toll Booth’s info panel. Toll booths require both power and water in order to function properly. Pedestrian traffic is not allowed.

The main drawback with toll booths is that they slow down the traffic, as all vehicles must stop to pay the toll. Toll Booths also affect the pathfinding of vehicles - Toll Booths will make roads less desirable the higher the price.[3]

Automated Toll.pngThe "Automated Toll" policy prevents vehicles from stopping at toll booths, improving traffic flow but reducing toll booth income.

Building Unlocked Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Pollution Noise
Pollution
Water
(m3/week)
Electricity
(kW)
Size
(cells)
DLC Notes
Two-way toll booth.png Two-Way Small Toll Booth Boom Town 12,000 120 0 25 64 480 5×19 - Capacity: 2+2 lanes
One-way toll booth.png One-Way Small Toll Booth Boom Town 12,000 120 0 25 64 480 5×19 - Capacity: 4 lanes
Two-way large toll booth.png Two-Way Large Toll Booth Big Town 35,000 200 0 50 128 960 7×19 - Capacity: 4+4 lanes
One-way large toll booth.png One-Way Large Toll Booth Big Town 35,000 200 0 50 128 960 7×19 - Capacity: 8 lanes

Placing one of each type of toll booth will earn the "Just Tolling" achievement, which is achievable without the Industries DLC, as the toll booths are a part of the free patch.

Pedestrian Streets[edit | edit source]


Pedestrian streets are a type of road that is intended mainly for pedestrians to use in pedestrian areas. When built, pedestrian streets automatically paint pedestrian areas; this can be disabled. Only emergency vehicles and hearses can use pedestrian streets, but the variants with bus lanes also allow buses. Pedestrian streets have bollards where they meet regular roads, and when a vehicle needs to enter the pedestrian street, the bollards will briefly retract to allow the vehicle to enter.

Buildings on or next to pedestrian streets require a pedestrian area with service points to function normally.

Pedestrian streets have three different surface types: cobblestone, sandstone, and bluestone. Each of these categories has ten roads, with five different variants available in two different sizes.

All of the pedestrian streets can be found under the “Pedestrian Areas” tab in the roads menu, as well as the pedestrian area tab in the Parks and Plazas menu.

Road Surface Type Cost
(₡)
Upkeep
(₡/week)
Speed limit
(km/h)
Notes
Small Cobblestone Pedestrian Street Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20
Small Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Grass Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Small Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Trees Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Small Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Small Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.
Large Cobblestone Pedestrian Street Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20
Large Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Grass Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Large Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Trees Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Large Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Large Cobblestone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Cobblestone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.
Small Bluestone Pedestrian Street Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20
Small Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Grass Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Small Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Trees Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Small Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Small Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.
Large Bluestone Pedestrian Street Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20
Large Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Grass Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Large Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Trees Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Large Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Large Bluestone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Bluestone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.
Small Sandstone Pedestrian Street Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20
Small Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Grass Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Small Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Trees Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Small Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Small Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.
Large Sandstone Pedestrian Street Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20
Large Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Grass Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has grass on the sides of the street.
Large Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Trees Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees in the center of the street.
Large Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Grass and Trees Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Has trees and grass on the sides of the street.
Large Sandstone Pedestrian Street with Bus-Only Lanes Sandstone Unknown Unknown 20 Only buses, emergency vehicles, and hearses can use the bus-only lanes.

Road Editing[edit | edit source]

A Road Editor tool was added in patch 1.9.0.[4] See main article Road Editor.

References[edit | edit source]