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World's longest, largest, busiest highways

Last updated on: August 9, 2012 08:27 IST

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The United States has the world's largest network of highways, including both the Interstate Highway System and the US Highway System.

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Image: Eastbound Interstate 78/US Route 22.
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At least one of these networks is present in every state and they interconnect most major cities.

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Image: Motorists travel westbound along Interstate 40 after several inches of snow fell during a winter storm in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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China's highway network is the second most extensive in the world, with a total length of about 3.573 million km.

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Image: Shepherds lead their flock of sheep along on the Guozigou segment of the Lianyungang-Horgos expressway as vehicles drive past the other side of the expressway.
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China's expressway network is also the second longest in the world, and it is quickly expanding, stretching some 85,000 km at the end of 2011.

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Image: A general view of heavy traffic on a highway during the morning rush hours in Shanghai.
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The Pan-American Highway is longest international highway, which connects many countries in the Americas.

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Image: Pan-American Highway in the Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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It stretches across a distance of nearly 47,000 kilometres.

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Image: Pan-American Highway in El Salvador.
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Australia's Highway 1 is a network of highways that circumnavigate the Australian continent, joining all mainland state capitals.

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Image: Highway traffic is backed up behind a piece of heavy mining equipment as it rolls though Dalby, 180 km (112 miles) west of Brisbane.
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At a total length of approximately 14,500 km (9,000 mi) it is the longest national highway in the world.

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Image: A snowmobiler crosses the Trans-Canada Highway just north of Oakville, Manitoba.
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The United States has the largest national highway system.

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Image: An aerial photograph shows traffic on the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a facet of U.S. Highway 1 that connects South Florida with the Florida Keys in Key Largo, Florida.
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It has around 6,430,366 kilometres of highways.

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Image: A line of fire trucks make their way down US highway 89 toward the Wood Hollow Fire north of Fairview, Utah.
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The Highway 401 in Ontario, Canada has the busiest highway.

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The 400-series highway stretches 817.9 kilometres from Windsor to the Quebec border.

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The Katy Freeway (part of Interstate 10) in Houston, Texas, has the widest highway (maximum number of lanes).

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This section was widened in 2008 to include a total of 26 lanes.

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Image: Cars travel on an almost deserted snow covered downtown highway after an overnight storm dropped five inches of snow in Dallas, Texas.
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Interstate 5 along a 2-mile section between Interstate 805 and California State Route 56 in San Diego is widest highway, with maximum number of through lanes.

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Completed in April 2007, it is 22 lanes wide.

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The Karakoram Highway, between Pakistan and China, at an altitude of 15,397 ft is the highest international highway.



Image: Karakoram Highway.
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