Overworld highways are used as travel for many new players who choose not to use the much more efficient Nether highways. There is only 1 organized group that focuses on Overworld Highways. Cardinals
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The overworld axis highways were created by various players over the years. In 2014, Hausemaster placed 4x4 obsidian paths along every axis, stretching out to 1,000. These paths were harvested for obsidian by taylo112 and jared2013 to create Gold Farms.
The +X Axis Highway is the most travelled Overworld highway. The original builders of the +X overworld highway are unknown due to the large amounts of griefing and destruction along the highway. The highway maintains a 3-wide road until around 15,000 out when it narrows down to a two-block wide path that follows the natural terrain generation with many unpatched griefs and withers that make traveling down the +X overworld highway very difficult. While traversing over large oceans, the path shrinks to one block wide then eventually opens up to 2 blocks wide when going over land. An underground highway running along the +X axis was formed to evade the withers and excessive griefing of the highway starting around 20,000 and eventually joining the main highway at 42,000. This section features many large Vortex Coalition symbols built out of obsidian and approximately 50 blocks high. Armorsmith's Followers and Infinity Incursion symbols can also be seen throughout the highway that stands 8 and 12 blocks tall, with some of them being griefed. This highway also features many old ruins of bases that may date back to 2015, however many of the structures do not have a name or information on their original builders. Throughout the highway, decorated arches are used as random checkpoints along the highway and do not use any specific pattern. Around X:80,000, the highway narrows permanently to 1 block wide and is barely recognizable around natural terrain. Wukan's signs were also dispersed throughout the highway making smaller repair fixes and widening the highway on March 31, 2020. Around X:115,000, one of the only traceable highway builders, Mightymike8, built a section of the road to X:133,443 in December 2019. zBeyondix continued the highway in January 2020 until its current end as of June 2020. The original highway ended at 55,000 as of 2017. In June 2020, the +X overworld highway ends at 136,590, 0. However the highway was recently expanded to 500k in 2022, and as of May 2022 the x+ highway ends at about 500,200, 0.
The +X overworld highway passing though a monument at 10,000, 0 with a Voco symbol on top
The older griefed 2 block wide section of the +X overworld highway passing over the newer underground section at 38.776, 0
One of the many random checkpoint arches on the +X overworld highway at 47,775, 0
The X = 50k monument with the +X overworld highway passing through it
The end of the +X overworld highway as of June, 2020 at 136,590, 0
The highway used to be one of the lesser developed of the overworld highways on 2b2t, with large sections of it just being a single strip of path block or cobblestone. There are very few builds on this road, the only one of significance being the -10k Castle which was heavily griefed sometime in late 2016/early 2017, with high wither usage. The 10k area has been griefed down to bedrock. The road also had large farm areas around both -3k and -12k, run by leathernugget and General_21, which were destroyed in 2017. It also had a smaller farm area at -100k before it was griefed in April 2018. In May 2022 a group called Overworld Highways Association expanded the obsidian pavement of the highway to 15k
Season 7 of Doctrzombie's Advanced Minecraft series is an exploration of the -X axis as it was in late 2015.
Fit made a video touring the highway in April 2020, garnering almost four million views, as of January 2024, the x- highway ends at -1,353,000. Known builders of the Western Highway are Sunflower, Waterman112, Skerjson, Liquidwater, Colebello, and AnchorOfTime.
Main article: Southern Canal
The +Z highway consists of the Southern Canal from 1,200 to over 300k out, originally founded in December 2014 by ThebesAndSound. A paved road exists before the start of the canal and extends a little bit after the canal before travellers are forced into the Nether.
The highway has a quite high standard, being two blocks wide and including side-barriers and staircases going on and off, made of primarily obsidian until 0, -15000. After this point, the overworld road drops into a poorly maintained road that is infrequently travelled which varies between 1 to 3 blocks wide. Past 100,000 blocks from spawn, the overworld road becomes a 1 block wide road that mainly follows the natural terrain of the world. The materials used on the poor condition road is mainly made of dirt, cobble, wooden slabs, and cobblestone stairs. The road from spawn to -700,850 was mostly built by Swervin777, however many of the road's builders closer to spawn are unknown due to the large griefing attempts that make the original makers of the road difficult to trace. Swervin777 built checkpoints on the overworld road every 5k, however many of the checkpoints have been griefed between spawn and 0, -300,000. The overworld road features many older builds and farms, however almost all of the builds have been griefed or looted due to the location being on a main road. On April 8, 2018, ArchQuantum extended the overworld highway to -719,000. From -746,000 to -750,000, JabiDaJew built a path to commemorate the last few thousand blocks of the -Z overworld highway on Feburary 13th, 2019 (note that this original segment was not connected to the rest of the overworld highway built by Swervin777). Much later on June 4th, 2020, Greguhlicious completed the segment between -719,000 and -746,000 that connected the two fragmented pieces of the overworld road. From the -750,000 checkpoint, a horse-friendly section of the highway built by Greguhlicious is three blocks wide and three blocks high when entering tunnels. As of June 2020, the -Z overworld highway ends at -773,918. There are no current groups that attempt to extend the overworld highway any further, but there are players that extend it alone. As of May, the highway extends to over 1 million blocks and the current highway builder is herodan101. The Overworld Highway Association also paved this highway up to 15k, along with the -X highway.
Major griefs include using a TNT duping device with a Redstone flying machine that dropped duped TNT from spawn until around 100k on the road. Players eventually fixed the grief on the road, however, the large gap that was formed from the TNT can still be seen. Many other players tried griefing the unmaintained road by placing blocks or ice that made the road impassible without taking a detour.
An example of the 1 block wide overworld -Z overworld highway around 0, -150,000
A checkpoint that Swervin777 made at Z = -210,000 with signs showing the travelers who reached the checkpoint
The end of the -Z overworld highway as of June 2020 at 0, -773,918
The trench that TNT bombers made when griefing the -Z overworld highway
The Diagonal Overworld highways on 2b2t are the least maintained and they don't go far out, barely anyone cares about expanding them and they are usually in very bad condition.
xcc2's 43z Highway
One of the oldest highways in the Spawn region. It was started by xcc2 in 2011 and maintained until the Second Incursion in 2013. It was well known for the netherrack pillars alongside the highway that provided light. Although some of the highway still exists to this day, it serves little to no purpose as the +x and -x highways are right next to it.
berkbrein and b4uit's -1m X Highway
The Melon Road, also called the Melon Highway, was a small path that ran along the -X axis for roughly 12,500 blocks. The highway was unique in that it was made entirely out of melon stalks planted on a 2x2 path of farmland, with dirt blocks on either side for melons to grow on. It started roughly at X: -47 Y: 72 Z: -2,628 and exited off the -Z Axis Highway.
Originally, it encircled spawn in a square loop about 2000 blocks from 0,0, and was constructed in late 2015 and early 2016 by the Melon Disciples, starting at a spot next to 2k2k. For a long time it served as the easiest way for players at spawn to obtain food and it saved many from starvation. However, almost immediately after the Rusher Invasion began (and TheCampingRusher using a part of the melon highway east of 0,0 to obtain food), the melon highway was dismantled by Veterans in order to cut off the Rushers' food supply. Today, parts of the original melon highway are periodically replanted and removed by players.
The 1533 Highway, also known as the Starving Road, 1534 Highway, or Starved Road is a West (-X) Highway beginning at roughly -1,800 X and 1533 Z, continuing along 1533 Z. The highway is 2 blocks wide until it goes to 1 block wide at around -40,000 X. It was expanded on from an early hut griefed in 2016 very close to spawn. As of August 2020, the highway is being maintained and expanded by the 1533 Highway Gang and Maintenance, and reaches to about -110,000 X, with a segment at around -250,000 spanning for 5,000 blocks. It is currently one of, if not the, longest overworld highways.
HistoryAt the original end of the highway (-50,000 X), the original highway maintenance individuals and travellers claim that a build griefed in 2016 (a small house at around -1000 X) made a small path resembling a dirt road due to it extending slightly beyond the ruins. The path would be expanded on in later years, mainly in 2018 and 2019. The 1533 Highway starts at -1,800 X (due to a grief in the earlier path) and goes one block wide before consistently maintaining a 2 block wide status. Due to a construction accident as well as unknown shifts, some large parts of the road shift to as far as 1519 Z in early portions of the road, especially between 20-30 thousand. It goes back to 1 block at around -40,000 X. The highway receives heavy traffic from newfags (especially in 2019/2020) and is generally unknown to the 2b2t community. Since the 1533 Highway originally started at -1,000 X and was assumed to be accidentally griefed within various spawn grief, large and small remains of the highway leading up to -1,800 are very visible. The highway crosses threw multiple known and unknown Western, Southern and Northern Highways, including the Old Spawn Road (~-13,000), Flower Trail (~-9,000), and the 32k Alpha Bridge (name from signs, at -32,000).
The Flower Trail
The trail is a two-block-wide grass path with a row of oak leaves on either side. Along the majority of the trail, the grass blocks are covered with dandelions and poppies. A small section of the trail has a mix of different flowers including peonies, rose bushes, sunflowers, azure bluets, orange tulips, white tulips, red tulips, and oxeye daisies. The trail does not have a specific Y coordinate, as it follows the elevation of the terrain, although there are a few tunnels through mountains.
At around 2,000 blocks from the end of the trail, the oak leaves on the side of the trail disappear. As the trail crosses an ocean, the quality of the trail drops. The path has been severely griefed; many dirt blocks are missing. As the trail crosses back onto land, the flowers disappear almost completely from the trail.
It is unknown how old the trail is or who built it. The oldest sign on the trail is from "TheCOldoNeJC" who claims to have written it in 2017, although this may be false as there are no other signs from this year. Most of the signs are from mid-2018.
YouTuber BarrenDome came across this trail in early 2019 while playing 2b2t. He decided to make a video on it. On January 20, 2019, he uploaded a video called 2b2t - Flower Trail in which he toured the trail on a world download.
Old Spawn Road
Main article: Old Spawn Road
The Old Spawn Road, also known as the Non-Axis road or the West Road, is a road that does not run on any axis and stretches for ~27,000 blocks. It is one of the oldest roads on the server and is unique in the fact that it does not stay in a straight path and it twists and turns. The road, along with most other highways, access roads, and roads, was made and restored by several players. It was also one of, if not the, longest non-axis road on the server at one point. It now dwarfs in comparison to most non-axis and axis highways.
Raised Stone Slab Spawn Roads
Created by ChadDX from 2012-2014. They were placed at 400 block intervals in a grid pattern centering on The Spire, although they have fallen out of use in the present day as a result of, at first, rampant lavacasting, and after October 2020, the Water Cube.
Circular Ring Road
A ring of obsidian around spawn with a radius of 1,024. The ring is at Y:255. Another one at Y:64 was started but got never finished. The ring was first started at y 240 but got abandoned before switching to y 255. Inside the circle used to be the Spawn area. The respawn area was later extended to 2,048 blocks around 0 0 . Created by IronException.