10 Record Breaking Roads In The World

Everyone in their childhood must have read the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost that tells us the roads we choose in our life decides where life will lead. But do you know there are certain record-breaking roads in the world that every person should take a trip on.

From the gigantic multi-lane expressways to mucky mud tracks, crossing nature;s most formidable natural barriers, these record-breaking roads are implausible example of masterpiece engineering and an long-term evidence to man's voracious aspirations to drive.

1. The Highest Road In The World

Khardung La is a high mountain pass located in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

Local summit signs claim that it is at an oxygen-starved altitude of 5,602 meters high and that it is the world's highest motorable pass. It has been listed as the highest road in the world in the Guinness World Records.

The road is closed during October to May due to snow and one should anticipate potential long travel delays due to traffic jamming on narrow one-lane sections, washouts, landslides and road accidents.

2. The Most Dangerous Road In The World

The North Yungas Road aka 'Road of fate' or 'Death Road' is a 61-69-kilometre long road leading from La Paz to Coroico, in the Yungas region of Bolivia.

The danger of the road made it a favorite destination, drawing some 25,000 thrillseekers and mountain biking enthusiasts for downhill biking since there is a 64-kilometre stretch of continuous downhill riding with only one short uphill section.

In 2006, it was estimated that around 200 to 300 travellers were killed yearly along the road. The road includes cross markings on many of the spots where vehicles have fallen. There are now many tour operators catering to this activity, providing information, guides, transport, and equipment.

3. The Most Complicated Roundabout In The World

The 'Magic Roundabout' in Swindon, England is known as the most complicated road in the world because it consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged around a sixth central, anti-clockwise roundabout.

Built in 1972, the complex junction of the road offers multiple paths between feeder roads and in places where traffic drives on the left hand side of the road. It often confuses people to choose the outermost circle. In 2005, it was voted the worst roundabout in a survey by a U.K. insurance company.

4. The Most Twisted Road in the World

Lombard Street is an East-West Street in San Francisco, California named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia by San Francisco surveyor Jasper O'Farrell.

It is well known for having a steep-block section that consists of eight tight hairpins turns in just 400 meters as the road fall down a 27-degree gradient. The speed limit is just 5mph and this warns the vehicle drivers to drive with caution.

All this twists and turns on the road make it the crookedest street in the world. This crooked street section of Lombard Street is also featured in the Disney hit movie "The Love Bug".

5. The Coldest Road in the World

Kolyma Highway (M56) is the perfect definition of 'Anti-Freeze' road as it passes through some of the coldest places on Earth. The road is 1,262 miles long and connects Magadan with the town of Nizhny Bestyakh, located on the eastern bank of Lena River opposite Yakutsk.

The town of Oymyakon on this road has an average January temperature of -46 degree Celsius and temperatures as low as -67.7 degree Celsius, which makes it the coldest road on Earth.

A certain section of this road is often referred to as the 'Road of Bones' as the bones of prisoners from the Sewostlag Labour Camp who died constructing the road are buried beneath it. The road is regarded as a memorial to these souls.

6. he Longest Ice Road In The World

Built in 1982, the winter road from Tibbitt to Contwoyto is the world's longest heavy haul ice road. The road was constructed to service mines and exploration activities in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Northern Canada.

The length of the road ranges between 400 and 600 km and operates for 8 to 10 weeks starting in the last week of January. The drive on this road is extremely adventurous as 85 percent section of the road over frozen lakes while the remaining 73 km built on over 64 land portages between the lakes.

Every season the thickness of the ice is measured with sonar for safety purpose.

7. The Longest Road Tunnel In The World

Laerdal Tunnel is a long road tunnel connecting Laerdal and Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway and located approximately 175-200 kilometres north-east of Bergen. It is the longest road tunnel in the world.

A total of 2,500,000 cubic meters of rock was removed from the tunnel during its construction from 1995 to 2000. The tunnel does not have emergency exits but there are emergency phones every 250 meters, which can contact the police, fire departments, and hospitals. Even Fire extinguishers have been placed every 125 meters for safety purpose.

8. The Straightest Road in the world

The Eyre Highway is 1,056-mile cut through the highway linking Western Australia and South Australia via the Nullarbor Plain. It was named after explorer Edward John Eyre, who was the first to cross the Nullarbor by land. It was designed primarily for use by gigantic road trains.

The typical view is that of a straight highway and practically unchanging flat saltbush-covered terrain, although some parts are located on ridges.

9. The shortest street in the world

The Guinness Book of Records credits Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, as the world's shortest street at 2.06 m

The street originated in 1883, when Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.

10. The Widest Road In The World

9 de Julio Avenue, located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the widest avenue in the world. The avenue runs roughly 1 kilometer to the west of the Rio de la Plata waterfront, from the Retiro district in the north to Constitucion station in the south.

The avenue has up to seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each. There are two wide medians between the side streets and the main road.

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