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The Most Dangerous Roads in the World
posted on Nov 27 2013 by Jade Hensby
There are some roads in the UK that drivers say are unacceptable but taking a look at some of the roads around the world, are we really that unfortunate? Let's take a look at the top five worst roads and see if we can appreciate what weve have.
Death Road, Bolivia
To Coroico in the Yungas region of Boliva. This road is legendary for its extreme danger, in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christenedit as the worlds most dangerous road. It is estimated that 200 to 300 travellers are killed each year along this stretch.
Guoliang Tunnel, China
The tunnel was built by local villagers and took five years to complete, it opened in 1997. It is 1,200 meters long and 5 meters high and 4 meters wide and some local villagers actually died as result of accidents during the construction.
Ruta 5: Arica to Iquique Road, Chile
On this road youll drive past very deep valleys and wind your way through, finding evidence of accidents every so often at the bottom. The mono-hued and isolated scenery is reprotedly capable of endowing you with the capacity to have such visions of past drivers so concentration is essential here.
Siberian Road to Yakutsk, Russia
In this part of Russia, winter is around 10 months long, so road conditions feature heavy snow, ice and reduced visibility for many months of the year. The coldest temperature ever recorded outside the Antarctica was here, it is the largest city built on continuous permafrost. A lot of the homes are built on concrete piles due to the severely frozen ground.
James Dalton Highway, Alaska
This stretch of highway was built to supply oil facilities on the North Slope, it reaches the most northerly point of Alaska. This road is not for the faint-hearted! Car rental companies will not let you drive the car along this stretch of road because windshields and headlights are easy targets of flying rocks. With thick cloud from the road reducing visibility and deep potholes, this road is treacherous. Even worse, gas and repair stations are virtually non-existent so if youre stuck then it's game over.
There you have it, five of the worst roads across the globe that make the UK's roads seem perfect.