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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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Just found this one @ https://web.archive.org/web/20141109133836/http://poleofcold.com/the-zimnik-road-a-photo-story/. Tried to find its location, to no avail unfortunately (the sign says it's 30 km east of Peledui (Пеледу́й), Sakha Oblast).

Moscow 5796 km

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    Nice find! It's 30 km east of Peledui (Пеледу́й), Sakha Oblast. Route to Moscow on Yandex: maps.yandex.com/… – jpatokal Feb 12 '15 at 11:40
  • Great find! 30 km from Пеледу́й and 107 km from the Талаканское oil fields ought to pinpoint it pretty precisely. – gerrit Feb 12 '15 at 16:17
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    Looks like the image is down... – Yisela Nov 24 '16 at 15:37
  • Must be some odd things with the roads around there, since Surgut (4764 km) and Moscow (5796 km) are in roughly the same direction from Peleduy, yet 2900 km from each other... – Nate Eldredge Feb 16 '17 at 2:30
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    @NateEldredge I don't expect the road network in Siberia to be quite dense. I don't find it surprising that the route to Moscow is more direct than to a medium-sized provincial town in western Siberia. The surprising element to me is rather why Surgut is listed at all. NB, your map-link links to Google Drive which tells me Access denied. – gerrit Feb 16 '17 at 14:56
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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?

(source)

3205 miles is approximately 5157.95 kilometres.

Then there's this in Brazil:

wow - long way to go

(source)

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.

  • 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 Supports Monica Mar 17 '13 at 20:48
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    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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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
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    @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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    Accepting this answer now, but if someone in the future finds a longer distance answer (still hoping for Russia), I can change the answer. – gerrit Feb 3 '14 at 10:22
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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.

  • 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 Supports Monica 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
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    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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    I love the way you say "about" and then give a transcontinental distance with a precision of 10 metres (33ft). – David Richerby Jul 2 '15 at 7:28
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    In Ocean City there is a corresponding sign back to Sacramento. capradio.org/media/6728929/us_50_sign_799x405.jpg – Andrew Lazarus May 26 '17 at 1:05
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This one seems to the longest. 7708 Km to Vladivostok from somewhere in (presumably) Russia.

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    Pretty sure that's in Bashkortostan somewhere. I thought it would be on the highway near Oktyabrsky, but it doesn't appear to be on that road. There's no GPS data since it was taken in 2006. And the photographer didn't mention specifically where he was. That could be hard to find, if it's still standing. – Michael Hampton Apr 28 at 2:59
  • Good find. I'm not sure whether it's an "ordinary road sign" or more like a signpost or something put up by local authorities. – gerrit Apr 28 at 8:04
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    @gerrit A typical Russian road sign doesn't "wish you a happy journey!" – Michael Hampton Apr 28 at 21:30

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