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Outside Narvik, Norway (at Gratangseidet north of Bjerkvik, at the border between Nordland and Troms) is a road sign indicating the distance to Kirkenes along the E6 as 1042 km:

Kirkenes 1042
Kirkenes 1042 km

Outside Murmansk/Му́рманск, along the M18, there is a road sign indicating the distance to Saint Petersburg/Санкт-Петерб́ург as 1382 km (Google Streetview), and another one at 1434 km (presumably another route).

This forum post contains a photo of a sign indicating 2800 km to Perth.

I recall having seen a photograph of a road sign in Siberia, indicating ~5000 km-ish to Moscow, but I cannot find it now. However, this panoramio photo pictures 3177 km to Magadan / Магада́н.

What is the highest ordinary distance road sign in the world? By ordinary, I mean that special signs showing far-off cities don't count; I mean only road signs part of ordinary distance signage.

There is some discussion on a skyscrapercity forum thread and a aaroads forum thread.

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I think these are much better then distance: signspotting.com/56685 –  Karlson Mar 15 '13 at 13:08
    
    
Signage over 1000km is fairly common in brazilian highways. This one sits at the border-crossing of Brazil and Uruguai in Chuí w/ Rio de Janeiro at 2062km -> flickr.com/photos/ricardomoraleida/2272554032/in/… –  moraleida Mar 17 '13 at 21:27
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The Argentinain Ruta 40 is 5080 kilometers long. It has signs on both ends, this one being the southern one:

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"Here begins the National Route 40. La Quiaca 5080 Km".

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Unfortunately I wouldn't count this as a "normal" road sign - it's a special sign. –  hippietrail Mar 16 '13 at 23:25
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@hippietrail found the official one! –  Yisela Mar 17 '13 at 0:32
    
which shows a distance 89km longer too :) –  jwenting Mar 18 '13 at 11:59
    
@jwenting is it just me or 5171 - 5080 = 91km ? –  Vince Mar 18 '13 at 13:09
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@Vince depends on whether you've had breakfast yet >;=) –  jwenting Mar 18 '13 at 13:57
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There are signs on US 50 that indicate distance of 3073 miles which is about 4945.51 kilometres.

There is a sign to Wilmington, North Carolina, which is about 2550 miles.

There are signs in Russia for distance to Vladivostok which in some places indicates ~10k kilometres but I'm still looking for images.

Found a sign though not exactly matching the first two but also showing distances.

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I'd probably remove the just signpost ones (the last distance one) as he is after 'ordinary road signs', and if we're counting the signpost ones we'll get a photo of the one that's at the south pole :) –  Mark Mayo Mar 15 '13 at 5:34
    
@MarkMayo I think I'll leave it be. :) As far as South Pole is concerned. I think we should build a few roads there. :) –  Karlson Mar 15 '13 at 15:32
    
At the western end of US 50 in Sacramento, there is a sign indicating the distance to Ocean City MD, which should be 3,008 miles, according to Wikipedia, but which actually show 3073 miles (via google image search). But this has been trumped by other answers. –  The Photon Mar 18 '13 at 0:41
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Route 6 East, stands up as the longest I can find. Route 6 used to be the longest road in the US, until 1964 when it was truncated. However, distances ON the route don't change (cities don't move) and as such, this is still visible, in Bisop, California:

Longest road sign?

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3205 miles is approximately 5157.95 kilometres.

Then there's this in Brazil:

wow - long way to go

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It's worth noting that while a sign outside Novosibirsk in Russia shows a large number (3146) it's in kilometres, so is less than the other ones mentioned.

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I'm still wondering if there isn't a sign to Moscow somewhere in Siberia at more than 5000 km distance. For example, it's 5179 km from Irkutsk to Moscow according to Google Maps. Unfortunately, Google Streetview presently doesn't go further east than Krasnoyarsk (and I haven't found any road signs there either). –  gerrit Mar 17 '13 at 15:41
    
@gerrit yeah I've been hunting for Russian ones, but aside from that one of about 3000km, no luck :/ –  Mark Mayo Mar 17 '13 at 20:48
    
When I visited the USSR back in the late 1980s there were very few roadsigns directing traffic, in large part because travel was discouraged no doubt and those that need to travel know where to go. Maybe the reason there's still no or very few such signs (when visiting Uzbekistan a few years ago there were still almost no long distance roadsigns for example). Another reason may be the scarcity of roads outside of cities in large parts of the former USSR. –  jwenting Mar 18 '13 at 11:58
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