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Longest of Anything
« on: July 15, 2013, 01:10:07 PM »

I know in the road world there are many records just like in sports, you can break it down in many ways.  I here decided to break it down to longest roads in specific areas of my state, county, region, etc.  Here is my list of some record breakers in the part of the nation I live in.

State of Florida
Longest route designation of any kind: US 98 @ 671 Miles
Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: I-75 @ 471 Miles
Longest State Route (Unsigned) SR 5
Longest State Route (Signed)- SR 20
Longest Divided Highway-US 27.
Longest Gap on Freeway Between Exits in Florida- Florida's Turnpike @ 47 Miles between St. Cloud and Yeehaw Junction



Orange County, FL
 Longest Named and Numbered Road- Colonial Drive (SR 50)




These are all I have to start with for now, but as I come up with more I will add.
US 1

I amended US 19 and US 1 as US 27 blows that two out of the water.  From Miami Springs to Williston, and from Perry to Georgia with the whole 96 miles of US 27 ALT are divided with small undivided center turn lanes in cities and towns.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 01:19:58 PM »

Longest Divided Highway-US 1
There are short pieces with center turn lanes.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 02:57:28 PM »

State of Florida
...Longest State Route (Unsigned) SR 5

I'm sure SR 10 is longer, and mostly unsigned (US 90's secret number).

There's portions of FL 5 that are signed as a standalone state route (i.e. not part of any US Route), and US 1 becomes "SR 805".
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 03:42:15 PM »

Longest Divided Highway-US 1
Longest Divided Highway in Transit- US 19 It is almost completely divided within its Florida run.


what is this distinction?

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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 04:17:01 PM »

US 19, with the exception of the cities along the way is pretty much divided from its southern terminus into Georgia. 

US 1, has a long two lane stretch in the Lower Keys, so you cannot really say that most of it is divided.  Like NE 2 mentioned there are plenty of places along US 1 with center turn lanes and most of that is in South Florida.

Actually I forgot about US 27.  That is divided much longer than US 19 and US 1.  I need to amend that one.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2013, 05:07:53 PM »

Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: I-75 @ 471 Miles

Make that 476 miles, you forgot that the freeway continues south/east along SR 924.

On that note, how would TOTSO situations be handled? I would consider the continuous freeway in question to continue along I-595 towards Ft. Lauderdale, not along I-75 toward Hialeah. That would make the mileage a few miles shorter, but it'd still be the longest in the state.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2013, 05:25:41 PM »

Longest motorway-like road in the world: I-90 at 3,101 miles (4,990 kilometers).
Longest motorway-like road outside the U.S.: Chinese G30 at 2,636 miles (4,243 kilometers). I believe it was completed last year, but I doubt about a section in central Gansu.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2013, 06:12:25 PM »

US 19, with the exception of the cities along the way is pretty much divided from its southern terminus into Georgia. 

US 1, has a long two lane stretch in the Lower Keys, so you cannot really say that most of it is divided.  Like NE 2 mentioned there are plenty of places along US 1 with center turn lanes and most of that is in South Florida.

still don't get what you mean by "in transit".
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2013, 06:20:06 PM »

Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: I-75 @ 471 Miles

On that note, how would TOTSO situations be handled? I would consider the continuous freeway in question to continue along I-595 towards Ft. Lauderdale, not along I-75 toward Hialeah. That would make the mileage a few miles shorter, but it'd still be the longest in the state.

I wouldn't consider it a TOTSO. Here's why:

From I-75 "east" to I-75 south: 3-lane ramp
From I-75 north to I-75 "west": 3-lane ramp

From I-75 "east" to I-595 east: 2 thru lanes
From I-595 west to I-75 "west": 2 thru lanes

Since I-75 is effectively 3 lanes in each direction (save the portion approaching the I-595/FL 869 interchanges), and continues with one seamless motion, it's more of a kink in the road than a turn-off-to-stay-on situation.

I-55 north in Memphis, headed out to West Memphis...that's another story.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2013, 06:43:15 PM »

speaking of longest segments of many lanes in each direction... I think we once had a discussion and discovered that I-5 between San Ysidro and the LA county line is the longest freeway which is 4 lanes or more in each direction.  it drops to 3 and then down to 2 through the East LA interchange.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2013, 03:20:30 AM »

State of Oregon
Longest route designation of any kind: US 30, 478 miles
Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: I-84, 376 miles
Longest State Route (Unsigned): HWY 2 (I-84)
Longest State Route (Signed): OR 140, 235 miles
Longest Named Route: Oregon Coast Hwy (HWY 9/US 101), 340 miles
Longest Divided Highway: ?
Longest Gap on Freeway Between Exits: I-84/US 30 at 14 miles between exits 109 and 123. The exits in between have no outlet and force you back onto the freeway.
Longest Six Lane Segment (three each direction): I-5, 48 miles from exit 252 to 300. An exception could be made for the Ross Island Interchange if the Eastbank Freeway didn't drop to four lanes between the I-84 ramps and the Fremont Stack. 
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2013, 04:25:11 AM »

Province of British Columbia
Longest route designation of any kind: BC 97, 2177 km/1356 miles (includes portions in Yukon)
Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: TCH 1-BC 3-BC 5-TCH 1/BC 5/BC 97-TCH 1/BC 97, 376 km/235 miles
Longest State Route (Unsigned): Not applicable
Longest State Route (Signed): BC 97, 2177 km/1356 miles
Longest Named Route: Yellowhead Highway (TCH 16), 1246 km/774 miles
Longest Divided Highway: ?
Longest Gap on Freeway Between Exits: BC 5, 25 km/16 miles, between exits 290 and 315.
Longest Six Lane Segment (three each direction): Unknown
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2013, 11:09:27 AM »

Québec:
Longest autoroute: A-20, 558 km / 347 mi
Longest provincial highway: R-138, 1,389 km / 863 mi
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2013, 12:58:07 PM »

Longest continuous 6-lane (3 each direction) section of freeway: I-75 in GA and FL between I-475 & FL Turnpike - 300 miles.
Longest 15-lane section of freeway: I-75 in GA between Delk Rd. (exit 261) & Windy Hill Rd.(exit 259) - 2 miles.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2013, 02:04:42 PM »

Virginia:

Longest Numbered Route: US 58 (507 Miles)
Longest Freeway: I-81 (324 Miles)
Longest State-Numbered Route: VA 40 (228 Miles)
Longest Continuous Multilane Highway: US 460 (407 Miles, from Chesapeake to Grundy, via WV)
Longest Exit Gap: 9 Miles on I-85 between Exit 15 for US 1 in South Hill, to Exit 24 for SR 644 in Meredithville
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2013, 02:05:36 PM »

State of Illinois
Longest route designation of any kind: US-51 ~413 miles
Longest Interstate or Continuous freeway: I-57 - 358 Miles
Longest State Route (Signed): IL-1 - 325 miles
Longest Divided Highway: IL-336 from US-24 in Quincy to US-136 in Macomb - 80 miles
Longest Gap on Freeway Between Exits: I-88 between IL-26 in Dixon and IL-251 in Rochelle - 22 miles
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2013, 10:40:17 PM »

Longest thread: Alanland

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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2013, 11:05:43 PM »

Longest thread: Alanland

The original Road-Related Illustrations thread has 104 more pages than the Alanland thread.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2013, 11:27:27 PM »

Goatest thread: not Alanland
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2013, 06:43:10 AM »

Virginia:

Longest Numbered Route: US 58 (507 Miles)
Longest Freeway: I-81 (324 Miles)
Longest State-Numbered Route: VA 40 (228 Miles)
Longest Continuous Multilane Highway: US 460 (407 Miles, from Chesapeake to Grundy, via WV)
Longest Exit Gap: 9 Miles on I-85 between Exit 15 for US 1 in South Hill, to Exit 24 for SR 644 in Meredithville

US 460 is not continuously multilane.  In Crewe, VA it is just one lane per direction with a center turn lane.  There is also another segment like this west of VA 112 in Salem but was being widened last time I was there.  Additionally, there is a segment like this climbing Christianburg Mountain just east of I-81 exit 118.  Finally, there is a true 2-lane segment from central Salem east to nearly VA 419.

My guess is the longest continuous multilane non-interstate route in Virginia is US 58 from west of Stuart to Bowers Hill, nearly 250 miles.

Historically, the longest route in Virginia was VA 10 prior to 1933.  The 1926 Official map put its distance at 569 miles from Cumberland Gap to Virginia Beach via Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Petersburg.

The exit gap you cite is 9.24 miles per the 2012 traffic log.  I-81 between Exit 118 US 11-460 and Exit 128 SR 603 is 9.73 miles.


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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2013, 06:14:48 PM »

Iowa

Longest highway of any kind: US-30, 332 miles
Longest state highway: IA-3, 326 miles
Longest interstate: I-80, 306 miles
Longest continuous freeway (those bumps at Des Moines are definitely TOTSOs): I-80 east from Council Bluffs-235-35 north toward Mason City, 268 miles
Longest multi-state route going through Iowa: Route 92, 886 miles (274 in Iowa)
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« Reply #21 on: July 18, 2013, 05:28:24 AM »

Michigan

Longest highway of any type, and longest freeway: I-75 (395 mi)
Longest US Highway: US 23 (362 mi)
Longest state trunkline: M-28 (290 mi)
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #22 on: July 18, 2013, 12:43:22 PM »

I'm curious:  What is the longest distance signed with a fraction?  (e.g. ANYTOWN  6¼ miles)
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2013, 12:54:29 PM »

I'm curious:  What is the longest distance signed with a fraction?  (e.g. ANYTOWN  6¼ miles)

I believe there is a 10 1/2 advance sign for CA-85 (southern end) on US-101 northbound near Gilroy.  it might even be 13 1/2.  I don't recall offhand, but it is definitely double digits.
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Re: Longest of Anything
« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2013, 03:14:09 PM »

State of Montana:

Longest state road: 200
Longest metro multi-route contingency: I-90, US 12, US 93, MT 200 - 13 miles
Longest multi-route contingency: I-90 and US 12 - 67 miles
Longest turnpike, bridge or named road: Vigilante Trail (using MT 41 and MT 287) 271 miles (it originally was 119 in 1929)
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