If the civilized surface world is some kind of animal, then surely roads are the blood vessels in its body. Highways, freeways, motorways, expressways - call them by any name, they are still the primary means of transportation between far-off places. Today, we will get to know which are the top 10 longest roads in the world.
The I-80 is one of the most discussed highways in American culture and modern literature. Passing through many dramatic areas, it is considered to be one of the quite dangerous highways in the world by accident count. Only the stretch in Wyoming has caused over 2600 mishaps, and counting.
The construction of the fabled I-80 took 30 years and it was opened to the public fully in 1986. The highway runs between San Francisco and Teaneck, and touches major industrial and business cities like Sacramento, Reno, Omaha, Salt Lake City, Toledo, and Des Moines.
Ranking just above the I-80, the I-90 is another famous and very busy highway in the USA. It is the longest interstate highway in the country, combining with existing roads like the New York State Thruway, the Massachusetts Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road, and Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. Furthermore, some of the most interesting bridges in the USA are a part of this road as well.
Construction started on the I-90 in 1956 and was completed in 1985. The road runs between Seattle to Boston. While on the way, it waters major cities like Spokane, Billings, Sioux Falls, Madison, and many more!
Taking up the eighth place on our top 10 longest roads in the world, the US Route 6 is another well-known highway in America. It was previously called the Grand Army of the Republic Highway (that was the association of the veterans in the American Civil War). It was also called Route 3 in the beginning.
Running between California's Bishop to Massachusetts' Provincetown, Route 6 is also one of the most prominent roads in US culture, because of its association to the civil war. From 1936 to 1964, it was the longest single routing in the country.
Another American road occupies the 7th slot in our top ten roads list. US Route 20 is a coast to coast highway running parallel to I-90. It is the single longest road in the whole United State and thus is quite busy as well, especially with freight traffic.
The Route 20 goes between Newport, OR to Boston, MA, running through the states of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts. It originally ended at Yellowstone National Park, though, but it was extended to the coast in 1940.
The 6th entry in our list of the longest roads in the world is also the longest road in China. It starts at Tongjiang, Heilongjiang and ends at Sanya, Hainan. It was originally called the Tongsan Expressway, which included both the north-south and east-west main routes of China. On its way, it goes through the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong.
The Golden Quadrilateral Highway Network in India is the fifth longest highway in the world and is also the longest in India. First starting construction in 2001, the roads were finished in 2012. The Golden Quadrilateral touches the 4 major cities in India (Delhi to the north, Kolkata to the east, Mumbai to the west, Chennai to the south) in the form of a quadrilateral, hence the name.
The states covered by this huge road are Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana & Delhi. Andhra Pradesh bears the largest segment of the road.
Hopping ahead, the Trans-Canada is the longest road in Canada and also the longest road in the continent of North America. Construction of this major highway went on in segments between 1949 to 1972. This route is famous for being the only highway in the world which has free charging stations on the way for electric vehicles.
This distinguishable highway has route markers in the form of a maple leaf on a green board. The coast to coast network is so large that it goes through all ten states of Canada, and had to be constructed by both the federal and provincial governments.
Spanning the entire length of Russia, this massive highway is the longest in the country and also in Asia. It's not an official name, though - it is rather a combination of road networks in Russia. A large part of the route that's going through the Asian Highway Network is named AH6.
The Trans-Siberian Highway (not to be confused with the Trans-Siberian Railway), is also another coast to coast network, running from St. Petersburg beside the Baltic Sea to Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan.
The pride of Australia and Oceania, and the longest road in Australia too, the simply-named Highway 1 is the longest national highway in the world. Developed over the local roads and tracks, Highway 1 finished construction in 1955.
The sole route for connecting all the states and territories of Australia (except the Australian Capital Territory), the Highway 1 is a quite scenic route. It runs through many geographical features such as big cities, coastlines, forests (tropical and temperate), swamps, desserts, and scrublands.
The longest road in the world connects the americas in both hemispheres. The Pan American Highway runs through 14 countries; United States of America, Canada (British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta), Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Columbia, and Guatemala.
Part of the road is called Inter-American Highway. We will go into details of this road in another article altogether.