Tuesday, 31 January 2017

most wierdest & unique roads of world

WORLD’S STEEPEST ROAD


Baldwin Street - New Zealand (World's Steepest Street)
Baldwin Street – New Zealand


A short, straight street just over 1,000 feet long, Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand is the steepest street in the world as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. The street’s maximum slope is 19 degrees (or a grade of 35%).
 

WORLD’S SHORTEST ROAD


Ebenezer Place - Scotland (World's Shortest Street)
Ebenezer Place – Scotland


Located in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, the Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest street in the world is Ebenezer Place at 6ft 9 inches long. Ebenezer Place only has one address listed on it, the front door of No.1 Bistro (part of the Mackays Hotel.

WORLD’S BEST CONNECTED ROAD


Atlantic Road - Norway (Atlanterhavsveien)
Atlanterhavsveien (Atlantic Road) – Norway


Dubbed “The Atlantic Ocean Road” or “Atlantic Road” due to it’s difficult real name, Atlanterhavsveien is a 5.2 mile section of Country Road 64 in Norway running through an archipelago in Eide and Averoy. The road has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Norway, with The Guardian naming it “world’s best road trip” and the road being a popular locale for shooting commercials for various car manufacturers.

WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD


Yungas Road - Bolivia (World's Most Dangerous Road)
Yungas Road – Bolivia


Nicknamed “The Death Road” due to the hundreds of lives that have been lost on its treacherous cliffs, the North Yudas Road leading from La Paz to Coroico in Bolivia connects Bolivia’s capital city to the Amazon region of the country. In 1995, the Inter-American Development Bank christened the Yungas Road as the “world’s most dangerous road” with an estimated 200-300 travelers killed yearly along the road. The Yungas Road is lined with memorials dedicated to those who have fallen over the cliff. In 2006 (after 20 years of construction), a new bypass road from La Paz to Coroico was opened to the public, making the Yungas Road far less busy with traffic. It continues to be a destination for thrill seekers though.

WORLD’S MOST STUBBORN ROAD


Umenda Exit - Hanshin Expressway Osaka, Japan
Hanshin Expressway (Umenda Exit) – Osaka, Japan


It’s not easy building a new highway in Japan as the small country is one of the most crowded in the world, which might explain why the Hanshin Expressway goes through the Gate Tower Building. When the city of Osaka decided to build additional ramps to the Hanshin Expressway, they bumped into the city’s skyscrapers. After five years of heated negotiations, they finally just built the highway through the 5th and 7th floors of the building.

WORLD’S OLDEST PAVED ROAD


Road to Giza - Egypt (World's Oldest Road)
Road to Giza – Egypt


Forty-three miles southwest of Cairo lies a basalt quarry made by Egyptian artisans. What’s recognized as the world’s oldest paved road, the 4,600 year old engineering marvel averages 6 1/2 feet wide and was paved using thousands of slabs of sandstone and limestone.

WORLD’S WINDIEST ROAD


Passo Dello - Stelvio, Italy - Ortler Alps
The Stelvio Pass – Italy


The Stelvio Pass is a 47 mile stretch of winding road in Italy, on the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps. It’s dubbed “Three Languages Peak” due to the unique location of the passage as the confluence of Italian, German, and Romansh languages.

WORLD’S NARROWEST ROAD


Parliament Street - England (World's Narrowest Street)
Parliament Street – England


Formally called the much more fitting “Small Lane,” Parliament Street in the city of Exeter, Devon, England claims to be the world’s narrowest street (although the title technically belongs to a street in Germany. Parliament Street is only 160 feet long and 25 inches wide as its narrowest (48 inches wide at its widest). The street dates back to the 14th century and was renamed when Parliament was derided by the city council for passing the 1832 Reform Bill.

WORLD’S LONGEST ROAD


Pan-American Highway (World's Longest Road)
Pan-American Highway


The Guinness Book of World Records named the Pan-American Highway the world’s longest “motorable road.” Stretching from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina, the Pan-American Highway covers 28,800 miles and connects all of the Americas (North America, Central America and South America).

WORLD’S CREEPIEST ROAD


Guoliang Tunnel - Hunan China
Guoliang Tunnel – China


This weird stretch of tunnels is only 3/4 of a mile long, but draws tourists from all over the world to the tiny village of Guoliang, China. The appropriately named Guoliang Tunnel was constructed in 1972 by a group of thirteen local villagers. Several of the workers died during the tunnel’s construction, which adds to the creepiness of the drive through it.

WORLD’S CROOKEDEST STREET


Lombard Street - San Francisco
Lombard Street – San Francisco


For a one-way section between Russian Hill and Hyde/Leavenworth Streets, the quite normal Lombard Street in San Francisco becomes the “world’s crookedest street.” With eight hairpin turns called switchbacks placed along the road to reduce the hill’s natural 27% grade (too steep for most vehicles), Lombard Street is paved with red bricks and has a speed limit of a tortoise slow 5 mph.

WORLD’S MOST CONFUSING ROAD


Magic Roundabout - England (Swindon)
The Magic Roundabout – England


The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England is said to be one of the scariest junctions in all of Britain. Traffic flow around the larger, inner roundabout is counter-clockwise, and traffic flows in the usual clockwise manner around the five mini-roundabouts and outer loop.

WORLD’S WIDEST ROAD


9 de Julio Avenue - Buenos Aires, Argentina (World's Widest Street)
9 de Julio Avenue – Buenos Aires, Argentina


Named in honor of Argentina’s Independence Day on July 9th, 1816, 9 de Julio Avenue is a full city block wide with up to seven lanes in each direction and flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each. 9 de Julio Avenue has two wide medians between the side streets and the main road and this busy stretch of highway is a main artery of traffic in Argentina.