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Old October 15th, 2009, 02:05 PM   #1
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Extreme points of the world's roads (northernmost, southernmost, etc.)

This was inspired by ChrisZwolle's post in the Finland thread:

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The northernmost motorway in the world:

Route 29 near Tornio:
I was thinking we could post pictures of the northernmost, southernmost, easternmost and westernmost roads in our respective countries and in the world. You could also post highest and lowest, widest, longest, that sort of thing. Here's a Google Street View image of what looks like the world's southernmost motorway (I can't find one further south), the Dunedin Southern Motorway in New Zealand:

[IMG]http://i34.************/2ij2nt2.jpg[/IMG]

Yes, I touched it up a bit in GIMP, because the Street View pictures look horrible.
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Old October 15th, 2009, 05:02 PM   #2
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Check wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_southernmost_items
  • Road with connection to main road network: Ushuaia, Argentina, 54°48′S 68°18′W
  • Prepared road usable with special vehicles: McMurdo-South Pole highway reaches the South Pole 90°00′S

    (Looks like little more than a track to me....)
  • Motorway: Dunedin, New Zealand, 45°52'S 170°30'E

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_northernmost_items
  • Motorway Tornio–Keminmaa, Finland (Finnish national road 29/E8)[24] 65°50′N 24°20′E / 65.833°N 24.333°E / 65.833; 24.333 (Tornio–Keminmaa motorway)
    Motorway Cloverleaf interchange:
  • Luleå, Sweden (one road is single carriageway)[citation needed] 65°37′25″N 22°3′33″E / 65.62361°N 22.05917°E / 65.62361; 22.05917 (Motorway (cloverleaf interchange), Luleå)
  • Reykjavík, Iceland (both roads are dual carriageway)64°7′30″N 21°50′51″W / 64.125°N 21.8475°W / 64.125; -21.8475 (Motorway (cloverleaf interchange), Reykjavík)
  • Road with connection to main road network North Cape, Norway 71°10′10″N 25°47′40″E

The Reykjavik roads are not classified as motorways AFAIK

On my own account, the northernmost road of Norway I am aware of must be somewhere around Ny-Ålesund on Spitsbergen, Svalbard:

Coordinates:
78°55′N 11°56′E

The northernmost settlement of the world is probably Alert, Canada
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alert,_Nunavut at 82°28′N 62°30′W, but this is basically only a research station, so I am not sure if they have any roads (unless an airstrip counts!)
Edit: Indeed there are roads up there:


More Norway facts (expanded):


Motorways
  • Northernmost motorway: E6 Kolomoen, 60° 42' 9" N 11° 16' 19" E (will be somewhere around Trondheim , 63°25′ N 10°23′ E in a few years time)
  • Southernmost motorway: E18 Kristiansand 58°08′ N
  • Easternmost motorway: E18 Momarkedet 59° 34' 36" N 11° 19' 31" E
  • Westernmost motorway: Rv 555 Loddefjorden, 60° 22' 19" N 5° 12' 42" E


Expressways (i.e motortrafikkvei, normally grade separated, sometimes divided)
  • Northernmost: E6 Steinkjer 64° 0' N 11° 29' E
  • Southernmost: E39 Sandnes 58.83 N,5.74 E (i.e. north of southernmost motorway)
  • Easternmost: E18 Ørje 59° 28' 60" N 11° 39' 5" E
  • Westernmost: Rv 555 Loddefjorden, 60° 22' N 5° 12' E (just west of the motorway)

Road connected with mainland:
  • Northernmost: E69 Nordkapp , 71°10′10″N 25°47′40″E (northernmost in the world?)
  • Southernmost: Stølsholmen, Mandal 57° 58' 58" N 7° 31' 52" E
  • Easternmost: Idrettsvegen, Vardø, 70° 21' 58" N, +31° 7' 38" E
    , east of St. Petersburg, Kiev, Odessa, Istanbul, and parts of Kairo...
    Vardø is said to be the easternmost point of Western Europe
  • Westernmost:Steinset, Bremanger, 61° 45' 52" N 4° 51' 6" E (that's about as far west as Lyon, and west of Zwolle!)

Roads Norway proper (i.e. mainland plus close islands):
  • Northernmost: Nordkapp
  • Southernmost:Stølsholmen, Mandal
  • Easternmost:Vardø
  • Westernmost: Utvær fyr, Solund, 61° 2' 14" N 4° 30' 37" E (That's west of for instance Amsterdam)


Roads Kingdom of Norway (i.e. including Jan Mayen, Bjørnøya and Svalbard islands)
(This is getting difficult...)
  • Northernmost: Ny Ålesund? 78°55′N 11°56′E
  • Southernmost: Stølsholmen, Mandal
  • Easternmost: Probably still Vardø (Kvitøya island of Svalbard actually goes further east 33° 30' 59'' E (that's east of Murmansk and Ankara) , but I do not think there are any roads)
  • Westernmost: Jan Mayen, 70° 59′ 14″ N, 8° 28′ 54″ W (Thats west of most of Ireland)




Roads Kingdom of Norway and Antartic possessions
(this is getting far fetched...)
  • Southernmost/Easternmost: Queen Maud land, Southpole with that special vehicle, I guess...90 S, 45 E Queen Maud land is the Norwegian sector claim in Antartic, which, although not claimed by any other country and recognized by quite a few, is a claimed that is freezed under the Antartic treaty.

    Again, the "roads" of the US Amundsen-Scott base are little more than tracks on the ice.

    The only undisputed Norwegian possession in the Antartic, the Bouvet Island, does not have any roads or even a landing place for boats...)

Other highway extremes of Norway
  • Longest highway tunnel: Lærdal, 24.5 km(world's longest)
  • Longest subsea tunnel: Bømlafjord, 7.9 km
  • Deepest subsea tunnel: Eiksund, -287 m (world's deepest)
  • Highest altitude public road: Juvass 1841 m
    (altitude of the Scott-Amundsen base at the South Pole is 2743 m....)
  • Highest altitude highway: Sognefjell 1434 m
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Old October 15th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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Is Prudhoe Bay, AK, the northernmost place in North-America with a connection to the road network (Dalton Highway)? Prudhoe Bay is located at 70°19′32″N 148°42′41″W
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Westermost point in Ireland. Slea head 52.095813,-10.458355
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Old October 17th, 2009, 06:30 AM   #5
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Look at the first picture of the Finnish Hwy 29....would never have thought it would be the world's northernmost motorway.....no snow, plenty of trees....

How long every year is there no snow around Tornio?
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Old October 17th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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Look at the first picture of the Finnish Hwy 29....would never have thought it would be the world's northernmost motorway.....no snow, plenty of trees....

How long every year is there no snow around Tornio?
It probably isn't really far north. Areas that are realy far north have so low densities and traffic levels that motorways are pointless.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:07 PM   #7
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Actually, Tornio is quite far north. It's 740 kilometers north of Helsinki and 1.020 kilometers north of Stockholm. It's located at the north end of the Gulf of Bothnia.

Of course, it's still a few hundred kilometers to the north coast of Norway from there.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #8
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But only 80 km to the Arctic Circle.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 10:41 PM   #9
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Rovaniemi also has some motorways. Route 4 is a dual carriageway, but not really classified as highway..

Rovaniemi is about 10/20km from the Arctic Circle.

http://maps.google.be/maps?ie=UTF8&h...13937&t=k&z=17
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Old October 18th, 2009, 04:43 AM   #10
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That appears to be only about 2.5 kms of dual carriageway road though, and would not be classified as motorway in Norway at least. Tromsø (69° 40' 49" N 18° 59' 6" E) has a longer dual carriageway road (mostly as a subsea tunnel, actually), and also Bodø (67° 16' N 14° 21' E) has one I believe, but not with grade separated interchanges. I would also expect the largest city of the north, Murmansk (68°57′ N 33°04′ E) of Russia, to have dual carriageway roads. All of these cities are north of the polar circle.

Regarding forest and snow etc, Northern Europe is probably not as barren as you might thing. The taiga (i.e pine forest) in Norway extends to Stabbursdalen in northern Finnmark, 70° 10' N, i.e. far north of the polar circle:

Afaik, this is the northernmost pine forest of the world, though.

The birch forest go even further north, the northernmost forest is in Lebesby (70° 56' N, or almost 500 km north of the polar circle).

I would assume that Tornio has about 6 months of winter, the region has inland climate and the summer can be quite warm up there.

BTW, I have updated the "Norwegian extremes" above...
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Old December 27th, 2009, 11:49 PM   #11
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Dalton Highway (AK 11)

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Is Prudhoe Bay, AK, the northernmost place in North-America with a connection to the road network (Dalton Highway)? Prudhoe Bay is located at 70°19′32″N 148°42′41″W
According to the Wikitravel article on the Dalton Highway, it actually ends in the Alaska town of Deadhorse at Mile Marker 414. From there to Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean the Dalton Highway continues as a private restricted road. That means you won't be able to drive north of Deadhorse but there you can book a tour that will take you to the Arctic.

From studying the maps of Alaska, Deadhorse I believe is the northernmost point in the United States (and all of North America) that beckons to the automobile which can be traveled by anyone being a public highway. Besides, I would not attempt driving the Dalton Highway in Winter!
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Old December 29th, 2009, 10:38 PM   #12
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Lizard Point, and the most southerly strech of road in mainland Great Britain:

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Along with most southerly shop, most southerly car park, most southerly rubbish bin etc... they really milk it there.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 08:05 PM   #13
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I like extremes..

Deadhorse, northern extreme, end of Dalton Hwy:


Checkpoint


Arctic Ocean


A long drive south


17,848 km later

Usuaia, southern extreme, end of Hwy 3 in Argentina


Puerto Williams in Chile is on an island across the Beagle Channel

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Check wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_southernmost_items
  • Road with connection to main road network: Ushuaia, Argentina, 54°48′S 68°18′W
  • Prepared road usable with special vehicles: McMurdo-South Pole highway reaches the South Pole 90°00′S
    (Looks like little more than a track to me....)
  • Motorway: Dunedin, New Zealand, 45°52'S 170°30'E
The Ruta 3 (Hwy 3) which runs through Rio Gallegos (as Luis Piedra Buena etc.) in Argentina is a Autovia (or motorway), although only a short one. I found many parts of it in need of resurfacing.

Its at latitude -51.62942, longitude -69.231548, ie 51°37'S.

Some images from the latin american forums:

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Old July 28th, 2011, 02:55 AM   #15
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Southernmost Road in Norway

I was doing some research and this page came up, but I have a disagreement.

I believe the southernmost mainland-connected road in Norway is here:

57°58'57.19"N
7° 2'54.70"E

This is a road servicing the Lindesnes Lighthouse, Spangereidveien 460.

It is also the southernmost point of mainland Norway.

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5629233
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You are right. I am not sure how I managed to do this embarrasing error, but due to the projections the islets south of Mandal appears to be clearly south of Lindesnes on most maps. In reality, the southern end of Spangereidveien is at 57.98259 degrees north, whereas the southern terminus of Skjernøyveien (Mandal / Stølsholmen) is at 57.98262 degrees north, i.e. a difference of roughly 3*10^-5 degrees or 1 msecond or 190 m. However, Skjernøya goes slightly further south than Lindesnes, so it is only a matter of prolonging the road a little.....
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Old July 28th, 2011, 02:57 PM   #17
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Trepalle is the highest village in Italy and the second in Europe located at 2,069 m. The village stretches along the road SS301 which connects Bormio (1,225 m.) to Livigno (1,816 m). At the top of the road there's a custom although is the same country. This is because Livigno has a duty free status.
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I've been on the Dalton Highway in Alaska the only road from the US main road system that goes to the Arctic Ocean http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgAzJMCoIIg
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What's the longest route that you can take from one place to another (direct)? Somewhere in Alaska to somewhere in Chile or Argentina? Somewhere in Britain to somewhere in Vietnam?
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What's the longest route that you can take from one place to another (direct)? Somewhere in Alaska to somewhere in Chile or Argentina? Somewhere in Britain to somewhere in Vietnam?
No, there is no border crossing between Panama and Colombia.
The longest overland route could be from Cape Town to Magadan (not sure, just my supposition).

EDIT: There's a ferry between Panama and Colombia.
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