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Let's say that I have already placed 14 roads and have the Road Building Progress Card. Am I able to play it and place my single road, or must I be able to play 2?

Here's the full description in the Almanac:

Road Building: If you play this card, you may immediately place 2 free roads on the board (according to normal building rules).

It seems like if I may place 2 free roads I may place only 1 road, but someone suggested that I must place 2.

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Yes. There are no rules providing conditions that must be met to play development cards other than playing only 1 per turn, and not playing them the turn you buy them. So you would play the card, and then just do what you can to follow the instructions. If the instructions are impossible to follow, then you just do what you can. The same would go for playing a Year of Plenty if there's only 0 or 1 resource cards left in the resource piles.

I don't have a particular rule to quote for this, but it seems like the only logical way to handle it. The rules are clear about when you can and can't play development cards, and there's no mention of requirements of having enough roads left.

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you may immediately place 2 free roads

The "may" says you don't have to play 2, or even 1 road, it only says that it takes effect immediately, so you can't decide when to play them. Technically I don't think you can stop and build a city in the middle.

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    You definitely cannot build a settlement in the middle, see here: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/23143/…. – GendoIkari Mar 9 '15 at 18:46
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    I feel I should point out that @Gendolkari's link is related to Seafarers of Catan. In Settlers there is absolutely no problem with building the two roads, and then building the settlement directly afterwards. – AndyT Mar 10 '15 at 13:31
  • @AndyT, This wasn't about building 2 roads and then building a settlement; it was about building 1 road, then a settlement, then the second road. – GendoIkari Apr 15 '15 at 20:18
  • @Gendolkari - Perhaps I wasn't clear; reading my comment back to myself it took me a while to work out what I was driving at. I completely agree that to the letter of the rules, a Road Building card does not allow you to build 1 road, then a settlement, then the 2nd road. But I wanted to clarify that the real prohibition from your link applied to Seafarers, and that there is a workaround for Settlers. – AndyT Apr 16 '15 at 9:10

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