World's Shortest Highway | Chandler Highway
At 1.4 km in length, the Chandler Highway in Kew (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is widely regarded as the world's shortest highway.
The Chandler Highway (road) started life as a railway cutting or track as part of the Outer Circle Railway.
It started at the Yarra River bridge (currently being redeveloped) and would it's way up through east Kew to East Camberwell station, and then south along the Alamein line to Oakleigh.
Although the Outer Circle railway closed in 1893, the Chandler Highway section had a single railway line running through the middle of it, servicing the Australian Paper Manufacturers factory until it was removed in the mid-1990s.
It was then converted to a road named Chandler Highway.
Wikipedia says: Chandler Highway is a short road in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It runs from Heidelberg Road in Alphington, across the Yarra River, using a narrow two-lane bridge over the Yarra River, then continues across the Eastern Freeway, then terminates at an intersection with Princess Street and Earl Street.
There was a question as to whether another highway in Melbourne may have been shorter than the Chandler Highway, but the Yarra Bank Highway (part of City Road in Southbank) was .6 km longer than the worlds shortest 'highway' Chandler Highway.
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-:- Burwood Highway (Toorak Road, Monbulk Road)
-:- Chandler Highway
-:- Dandenong Valley Highway (Stud Road, Dandenong-Frankston Road)
-:- Docklands Highway (Francis Street, Whitehall Street, Footscray Road)
-:- Eastern Highway (Alexandra Parade)
-:- Greensborough Highway
-:- Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road)
-:- Melba Highway
-:- Melton Highway
-:- Moorooduc Highway (McMahons Road)
-:- Mountain Highway
-:- Nepean Highway (St Kilda Road, Brighton Road, Point Nepean Road)
-:- Plenty Valley Highway (Albert Street, Plenty Road)
-:- Princes Highway
-:- Princes Highway West (Geelong Road, Ballarat Road, Smithfield Road, Racecourse Road)
-:- Princes Highway East (Dandenong Road)
-:- South Gippsland Highway
-:- Sydney Road (Hume Highway)
-:- Warburton Highway
-:- Western Highway (Ballarat Road)
-:- Westernport Highway (Dandenong-Hastings Road)
Named but not signed
Highways named in VicRoads manuals, but not signed accordingly:
-:- Bulleen Highway - signed as Bulleen Road
-:- Hoddle Highway - signed as Hoddle Street, Punt Road, Barkly Street
-:- Mornington Peninsula Highway - signed as Moorooduc Highway
-:- Bell/Springvale Highway - signed as Bell Street, Banksia Street, Manningham Road, Williamsons Road, Doncaster Road, Mitcham Road, Springvale Road, Edithvale Road
-:- St Georges Highway - signed as St. Georges Road
-:- Lower Dandenong Highway - signed as Lower Dandenong Road, Cheltenham Road, Foster Street
-:- Warrigal Highway - signed as Warrigal Road
-:- Yarra Bank Highway - signed as City Road, Alexandra Avenue
Jim Schwartz declared Indiana State Road 520 is only 320 meters long. Indiana State Road is designated and named a "ROAD" not a highway. It might be a highway in US terminology but it is not named a 'highway'.
Dennis Eagles says the Bradfield Highway in Brisbane is the shortest in the world, at just 1,073 metres. Wikipedia says The road on the Story Bridge is called the Bradfield Highway, and is the shortest highway in Australia. But, the highway is shown as being more than just the bridge and when measured is 1.41Klm long.
The image above will be changed in 2019 when a new dual lane bridge is opened. The current bridge will remain for pedestrian/cycling .
❊ Web Links ❊
→ World's Shortest Highway | Chandler Highway
→ Google Map Link
→ Chandler Highway map link
→ Yarra Bank Highway
→ Chandler Highway | wikipedia.org
→ List of highways in Melbourne | wikipedia.org
❊ Also See... ❊
→ Outer Circle Railway
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