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A random selection of interesting facts about the roads and motorways of the world.
US interstate highways 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, 40, 70, 75, 80, 90, 94 and 95 are all more than 1,000 miles long.
The Pan-American Highway is the longest road in the world. It runs from Fairbanks, Alaska to Buenos Aires, Argentina, stretching 29,800 miles (47,958 km). But it was never completed. A portion called the Darien Gap, mostly jungle about 100 miles (160 km) long located in Panama and Colombia, remains uncompleted. Cars and passengers are transported around the gap by ship. The Pan-American Highway is a network of roads, each with its twists and turns. Measuring the highway’s distance as the crow flies makes it about 16,000 miles (25,750 km) long.
Design standards for motorways (and their intersections) require that gradients should be no steeper than 4% (1 in 25) except that in exceptional circumstances, gradients of 5% may be used over short lengths. Between the Shore Road and Sandyknowes section of the M2 in Northern Ireland, the gradient reputedly reaches 1 in 19½ (5.13%) in places. Shortly before the contract was let it was decided that a crawler lane should be added on this outward carriageway. Steep gradients are often found on complex interchanges, but where the M90 terminates at the Craigend interchange with the southern by-pass to Perth, the topography dictates gradients said to be well above the recommended maxima. The actual gradients achieved are not yet known.
The UK is home to a number of supposedly haunted roads. The M6 was named the spookiest road in the UK in a survey conducted in 2006 by Lafarge Tarmac, with the most ghostly sightings. The A9 in the Scottish Highlands was second, with several sightings of a Victorian coach drawn by white horses and footmen in period clothes. Platt Lane, a small country lane in Westhoughton near Bolton which passes close to the Pretoria Pit mine where 344 miners died in 1910, was ranked third.
The McMurdo South Pole Highway is a 900 mile stretch of unpaved highway linking the U.S. Antarctic McMurdo station to the Amundsen-Scott station. Basically it's a series of flags patrolled by snow plows! The road is extremely dangerous, tedious and of course, very very isolated!