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||Highway 10||255km (158mi)||Saudi Arabia|
|4||ND-46 W||194km (121mi)||USA|
|5||B71||191km (118 mi)||Australia|
|6||US-54 W||173km (108mi)||USA|
|7||México 1||169km (105mi)||Mexico|
|8||US-136 E||164km (102mi)||USA|
|9||Highway 50||153km (95mi)||Saudi Arabia|
|10||US-83 S||149km (92mi)||USA|
|11||Eyre Highway||146km (91mi)||Australia|
|12||SK-33 W||141km (87mi)||Canada|
|13||Ruta Provincial 26||133km (82mi)||Argentina|
|15||SK-10 and SK-52 W||131km (81mi)||Canada|
1. Highway 85 (Saudi Arabia): 1.116km (693mi)
Running through 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.
2. Highway 10 (Saudi Arabia): 255km (158 mi)
Located in the heart of Saudi Arabia, the Highway 10 is 255km (158 miles) stretch of straightness. This paved road links Haradh and Al Batha. It’s a straight road running right through the desert for 2 h 1 min.
3. Ruta Mayor Pablo Lagerenza-Mariscal José Félix Estigarribia (Paraguay): 207km (128 mi)
This paved road is totally straight for 207km (128 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. Read more.
4. ND-46 W (USA): 194km (121mi)
Located in the state of North Dakota, the ND-46 W is 121 miles (194km) 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.
5. B71 (Australia): 120+71km (74+43mi)
B71, also known as Mitchell Highway, is a paved road running right through the centre-western of New South Wales, Australia. The first totally straight part of the road runs from Bourke to Byrock. It’s 71km (43 miles) long, ending just north of Byrock. From there the road bends through the town for 2.3 km (1.42 miles). The second straight section runs from Byrock to 3.6kms from the centre of Nyngan. It’s totally straight for 120km (74 miles).
Road suggested by: Barry Ridding
6. US-54 W (USA): 173km (108mi)
The US-54 W runs through three states with no real discernable curves: it 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.
7. Mexico 1 - Carretera Federal 1 (Mexico): 169km (105mi)
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. Read more.
8. US-136 E (USA): 164km (102mi)
Located around Heyworth, in central Illinois, the US-136 E is a paved road with no real discernable curves in 102 miles (164km) stretch of straightness.
9. Highway 50 (Saudi Arabia): 153km (95mi)
Located in Saudi Arabia, the Highway 50 is an asphalted straight road running right through the desert for 153 km (95 miles). It links Dhalm (in Makkah Region) and Afif (in the Najd region).
10. US-83 S (USA): 149km (92 mi)
Located on the border of USA and Canada, the US-83 S is 92 mile (149km) 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.
11. Eire Highway (Australia): 146km (91 mi)
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. Read more.
12. SK-33 W (Canada): 141km (87mi)
Located in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the SK-33 W is 87 mile (141km) 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.
13. Ruta Provincial 26 (Argentina): 133km (82 mi)
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. Read more.
14. I-10 (USA): 131km (81mi)
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 82 miles (131km) 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.
15. SK-10 and SK-52 W (Canada): 131km (81mi)
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.