We all love twisting and curving roads. But for getting from point A to point B in the fastest time possible, sometimes you need to cut corners and go straight. Here is the list of the straightest of the straight roads in the world.
Where is the longest straight road in the world?
|1||Highway 85||1.116km (693mi)||Saudi Arabia|
|2||ND-46 W||193km (120mi)||USA|
|3||Highway 10||193km (120mi)||Saudi Arabia|
|4||US-54 W||173km (108mi)||USA|
|6||México 1||169km (105mi)||Mexico|
|7||US-83 S||151km (94mi)||USA|
|8||Highway 50||149km (92mi)||Saudi Arabia|
|9||Eyre Highway||146km (91mi)||Australia|
|11||US-136 E||137km (85mi)||USA|
|12||SK-33 W||138km (85mi)||Canada|
|14||Ruta Transchaco||131km (81mi)||Paraguay|
Following the heart of Saudi Arabia, the Highway 85 is 693 miles (1.116 km) of straightness close to the border with Jordan. This asphalted road links Jubail (in the Eastern province on the Persian Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia) and Turaif in Northern Borders Province. It’s a straight road running right through the desert for 9 h 15 min perfectly straight, but the corners are very long sweepers, when they do come about.
Located in the state of North Dakota, the ND-46 W is 120 miles (193km) stretch of straightness near Fargo. This asphalted road links Oxbow (in Cass County) and Streeter (Stutsman County). It’s a straight road with a few kinks breaking up slightly the straight parts for 1 h 56 min. North Dakota claims its Highway 46 is the longest straight road in the US and Canada.
Located in the heart of Saudi Arabia, the Highway 10 is 120 miles (193km) stretch of straightness. This asphalted road links Haradh and Al Batha. It’s a straight road running right through the desert for 2 h 1 min.
The US-54 W going through three states with no real discernable curves is 108 miles (173km) stretch of straightness. This asphalted road links Liberal (county seat of Seward County) and Dalhart (Dallam County). It’s a straight road running through three states (Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma) for 1 h 55 min.
A paved road is totally straight for 170km (105 miles) running north-south from Mayor Pablo Lagerenza (in the Alto Paraguay department) to Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia (in the Boquerón Department), on the north-western area of Paraguay.
Located within the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico, the asphalted México 1 (Carretera Transpeninsular) includes what is said to be the longest straight stretch of road in the country: 169km (105 miles) without any turn. This stretch of straightness links the towns of El Médano and Las Barrancas.
Located on the border of USA and Canada, the US-83 S is 94 mile (151km) stretch with slight kinks that goes from North Dakota straight into Canada. The road is one of the best driving roads in the country. It’s asphalted and links Minot is a city located in north central North Dakota and the Lyleton border crossing station. Expect 1 h 38min to drive this section.
Located in Saudi Arabia, the Highway 50 is an asphalted straight road running right through the desert for 149 km (92 miles). It links Dhalm (in Makkah Region) and Afif (in the Najd region).
Eyre Highway is an asphalted highway in Australia, with a length of 1.675km (1,041mi), linking Western Australia and South Australia via the Nullarbor Plain. It includes what is said to be the longest straight stretch of road in the country: 146.6 kilometres (91.1 mi) without any turn. For much of its length, it can be described as a long and lonely road.
Going through Phoenix to the California border in the USA, by the Interstate 10, is a pretty hairy adventure. Located in Arizona, United States, the I-10 is 89 miles (143km) of dead straight road outside Phoenix. Only in 2010 this portion of the highway saw up to 85 deaths. The road, with two slight corners over 80 miles, links Buckeye (in Maricopa County) and Brenda (in La Paz County). It’s a straight road running right through the desert for 1 h 14 min. It was built in 1990 and the surface is asphalted. You’re driving through a desert, so apart from the odd cactus or abandoned tumble-weed town you’re not going to see many people or petrol stations by the roadside.
Located around Heyworth, in central Illinois, the US-136 E is an asphalted road with no real discernable curves in 85.5 miles (137km) stretch of straightness.
Located in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the SK-33 W is 85 mile (138km) stretch of straightness near Regina. This asphalted road links Stoughton and Regina, the capital city of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Expect 1 h 22min to drive this section.
Ruta Provincial 26 in La Pampa province in the center of Argentina, is a shortcut between Ruta Provincial 107 and Ruta Provincial 34. It’s 133 km (82 miles) without any turn. The surface of the road is gravel in good shape.
A part of Ruta Transchaco is totally straight for 131km (81 miles) long, running from the town of Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia towards Estancia El Dorado, on the north-western area of Paraguay.
Located in the heart of the state of Nebraska, the I-80 W is 77.7 miles (125km) stretch of straightness near Lincoln. This asphalted road, known as the Cristopher Columbus Highway, links Lincoln, the capital of the state of Nebraska and Grand Island in Hall County. Expect 1 h 4min to drive this section.
B71 is an asphalted straight road running right through the centre-western of New South Wales, Australia for 119 km (73.9mi). The state highway, also known as Mitchell Highway, links Nyngan and Coolabah.
Located in Saudi Arabia, close to the border with United Arab Emirates border, the Highway 95 is an asphalted straight road running right through the desert for 110 km (68 miles).
SK-10 W and SK-52 W
Located in south-eastern Saskatchewan, Canada, the SK-10 W and SK-52 W is a 104km (64.6 miles) stretch of straightness around the area of Yorkton. The road is asphalted.
Located in Colorado, United States, the CO-17 is 48 miles (77km) of dead straight road located in the San Luis Valley. The road is asphalted and links US-285 and Alamosa. It’s a straight road running right through the valley for 46 min.