Death Highway: St. Petersburg – Moscow

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Did you know that the main highway in Russia, connecting two biggest cities Moscow city and St. Petersburg has only two lanes, with only a few sections with 3-4 lanes, mainly closer to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s length is more than 300 miles (700 km) and it’s overloaded all the time, no matter you go though it in the daytime or at night.

Now, when the snow finally appeared in Western Russia, the traffic on this number one federal highway causes things like this happen every few miles.

russian highway

Now watch this! A truck moving fast right on your lane, like he is driving in England where the traffic goes the other way on the road and steering wheels are to the right. Does he think he is in England already?

russian highway

It’s no surprise to see more and more of the trucks lying from the sides of the road.

russian highway

russian highway

photos by ebobat

13 thoughts on “Death Highway: St. Petersburg – Moscow”

  1. The Trans-Canada highway is 7800km long and most of it is only 2 lanes. We have similar problems with drivers, snow, animals….

    http://www.transcanadahighway.com/general/transcanadahighway.htm

  2. The trans canada highway has large parts that are divived four lane highways.

    Most of the province of Alerta, and a large part of the highway through British Columbia.

  3. Well, in Urkaine in many roads people pass you driving out of the road or in the middle of the two lanes. That’s crazy, people drive like madmen!

  4. you do not have to speed to pass slower traffic. so many people think it’s a fast lane, which is rather subjective. passing on the otherhand is pretty straightforward, either you’re passing or not.

    and yes, you did beat me.

  5. Most of northern highways in Canada look like this in the winter so I suspect you have a lot of tired or drunk tractor drivers ploughing those rigs into the snow banks.
    Most of the Trans Canada highway across Northern Ontario is only 2 lanes with special 3 lanes sections every 30 kms for passing slower vehicles.

    Yes it’s mostly looks just like those pictures in a snow storm in winter.
    So I can totally relate to our Russian brothers.

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