# Can somebody continue a road after it has been cut off/separated from its nearest city?

• I have `- - - - - o` (a settlement at the end of my road).
• Now an opponent builds `-- x ---o` (a settlement along my road).
• Can I do `o - - x - - - - o` (build a second settlement at the other end), or do I lose my road once it is cut off from my original settlement?
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Shouldn't that be `- - - - -o` and `- -x- - -o` and `o- -x- - -o`? :-) – corsiKa Mar 28 '13 at 19:34

To build a settlement, you just need to obey the relevant rules for building a settlement, which are:

You may only build a settlement at an intersection if all 3 of the adjacent intersections are vacant (i.e., none are occupied by any settlements or cities—even yours).

Each of your settlements must connect to at least 1 of your own roads.

Assuming that the site you want to build at isn't adjacent to another settlement or city, then all you need to worry about is that you have a connecting road. And in this instance you do: there's no reason to suppose a road ceases to be yours just because someone has interrupted its length.

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Yes.

The roads remain yours, and you can continue to expand them and settle on them.

There are two weird related rules, though:

1. An opponent's settlement at the end of your road prevents you from expanding through that settlement.

``````o - - -x [cannot place more roads here]

o - - -x- [can place more roads/settlements here]
``````

This is illustrated on the official website.

2. Even though you can keep building, your road is considered to be cut in half for the purposes of Longest Road.

``````Longest Road length = 6
o - - - - - -

Longest Road length = 4
o - - - -x- -
``````
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Are you sure that you cannot place roads past another players settlement? Do you have a source for this rule? I can't see it in the rule book for the base game. – Justin Apr 2 '13 at 10:08