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Old February 13th, 2015, 10:16 PM   #1
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Countries with nicest highways

What countries have the nicest highway/motorway system in the world overall, including overhead signs, fonts, painting, etc.?

Canada, USA, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Turkey are among my favorites.
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Old February 13th, 2015, 10:19 PM   #2
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Uh-oh.

You're new here - and welcome - so you don't know that there was a long-running US vs. EU thread that was shut down. These discussions, unfortunately, tend to turn negative. ("I like my country's highways - or for that matter someone else's - because the pavement is good" or whatever is one thing; "I like my country's highways because that country's suck" is another....)
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Old February 13th, 2015, 11:12 PM   #3
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Uh-oh.

You're new here - and welcome - so you don't know that there was a long-running US vs. EU thread that was shut down. These discussions, unfortunately, tend to turn negative. ("I like my country's highways - or for that matter someone else's - because the pavement is good" or whatever is one thing; "I like my country's highways because that country's suck" is another....)
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This is not about X vs. X... Well we all have our own opinions, that's why we have forums to discuss.
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Old February 14th, 2015, 01:48 AM   #4
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It's Toronto it's always Toronto

But I love the Polish autostrady, nice signs, nice layout, nice quality of road and highest speed limit (140) and no problems... aside from toll gate (but even then, the price, it's okay)
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Old February 14th, 2015, 01:52 AM   #5
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I'm really obsessed with the Japanese roads (especially motorways/expressways/tollways etc...). Their urban expressways look so high-tech, like something came out of the expectations of how the cities would look like in the future... All so white, so clean, with such organic shapes... I mean, look at this!



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These expressways are like monsters extending their tentacles all the way trough the city... Yes, they may be atrocities to the skyline, to the urban development, to the city life, etc. But I just find them spectacular, stunning and beautiful.
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Old February 14th, 2015, 03:05 AM   #6
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American Motorways have a wonderful fat lazy hot quality to them...they are very wide and stately of speed. Only Americans understand cruising as distinct from driving.

Chinese Motorways have a lovely 'theres a mountain lets go through it' quality to them ....they are often built in very high places and can be very very long.

Japanese Motorways in Cities have a sculptural quality to them....they are very fluid looking.

European Motorways are simply safe. I like safe motorways.
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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #7
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What countries have the nicest highway/motorway system in the world overall, including overhead signs, fonts, painting, etc.?
Do you know any country that paints it's pavement purple, the signs pink, and the roadmarkin gs and fonts a mere white light-yellow ? My daughter would certainly love it...
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Old February 14th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #8
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Old February 14th, 2015, 08:19 PM   #9
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I personally think every country has nice roads and also damn ugly roads. And just plain boring roads.
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Old February 14th, 2015, 09:04 PM   #10
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Having no speed limit trumps all other reasons.

Germany by far. Being able to drive at higher speeds than in the 1970's without fearing for fines or cops is a godsend.

Having to watch your speedo while driving is something that shouldn't happen, it ruins the driving, you should drive the speed you can safely do for the conditions, not because of some stupid number. Hell, I'd be for banning speedometers on motorways...


Aestetics wise, definitely Japanese highways , love multi layered infrastructure.
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Canadian roads can be such a mixed bag. Ontario's freeways are some of the best on the planet, with extremely high design standards and really good maintenance. Its full of multi lane freeways with 4 stack interchanges, wide curves, high speed interchanges, large, safe arterial interchanges, etc. I think it has a lot to do with the provinces focus on strong highway maintenence, they are constantly rebuilding interchanges to modern standards and ensuring a high level of maintenance for the highways. The province has the lowest accident rate on the continent to show for it, too.

Manitoba's and BCs highways are some of the worst in the developed world however.. full of at grade crossings and stoplights.

Personally, I like different features of different countries networks.
The US just for its scale, the ability to get on the highway and never get off.. just go on the open road, its incredible. There isn't quite anything like crossing the border and getting on the interstate.
I like the colours used in Polands highways, though those sound barriers get to me.
Netherlands have a dense network of highways full of large pieces of infrastructure, its very different than North America.
Etc, Etc.

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Italy,Austria and Slovenia have nicest motorways,but that's my opinion.
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The highways in Japan are beautiful! They look really futuristic.
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Japan is amazing..
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Italy,Austria and Slovenia have nicest motorways,but that's my opinion.
Austrian Autobahns are absolutely stunning. German quality, Italian fluidity and "Swiss Alps" kind of views

For example, the Brennerautobahn:



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Pity about the signage....
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Pity about the signage....
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Austrian signage is hardly known for being elegant and easy to navigate. Case in point:



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For the roads themselves, Japan and their hotwheels style Shuto expressways in Tokyo.

For signage, every country has at least a few elements I dislike. Germany's layout is nice but I hate how their font uses different sizing depending on the length of the word (similar to the images of Austria above). UK's transport font is my favourite typeface, but the sign layout is lacking and inconsistent. I could go on for hours. Perhaps I should design my own "perfect" motorway signage system.
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