“Random” means something odd, unusual or unexpected, so we suspect there may be something behind these roads popping up in Fort Worth Texas, Kalamazoo Michigan or the one pictured above, from Princeton New Jersey, to mention just a few. There was once a Kalamazoo filing system where you dropped in notched index cards at random, stuck a needle through the box and pulled the right one out, but that sounds like a distraction.

It is more likely a case of a city being under budget, and the mayor ordering, “Time is running short so spend the money fellas. Build a random road at any place you want” and the planners assuming that was the name he wanted.