Roosevelt Blvd. not on 'World's 12 Most Dangerous Roads'?

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Italy's Stelvio Pass is famously treacherous for scores of hairpin turns on its way up and down the Alps. (Image from Car & Driver YouTube video)

Only two U.S. highways made a new list of "The World's 12 Most Dangerous Roads" and Roosevelt Boulevard wasn't one of them.

The boulevard has a notorious national reputation for intersections where pedestrians have lost their lives -- at least 20 adults and children in the last five years, with more than 130 hit by vehicles, according to an Inquirer editorial.

So these other roads must really be terrible, and indeed they are -- some even without heavy traffic. The two U.S. roads picked by Active Times are the Dalton Highway in Alaska made famous by Ice Road Truckers, and a high-elevation route in southwest Colorado that called "The Million Dollar Highway" because you'd be crazy to drive it even for that much money when there's snow.

Here's a sampling of what's even scarier in other countries.

The Death Road, Bolivia. Imagine 40 miles of winding road with one end more than two miles higher than the other, and shared by  "hundreds of rickety trucks, cars and buses -- including one carrying 100-plus passengers." More than 100 deaths a year. See it driven, with rocks slipping under a tire at the edge of a cliff under a waterfall on a BBC Top Gear video.

Kabul-Jalalabad Highway, Afghanistan. Forty miles through Taliban territory where "the insurgency is perhaps trumped by opium-crazed Afghan drivers who recklessly -- and blindly -- try to pass the lumbering freight trucks that crawl up the narrow mountain passes."

Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt. Modern highway that's fairly flat. BUT: "At night, bandits and terrorists are known to prey upon defenseless motorists."

Federal Highway 1, Mexico. "Guardrails are split open where previous drivers have missed their turns" on this narrow, twisting, "downright hairy" highway that's "shared by freight trucks, oversized RVs and, well, almost every single vehicle" on the Baja Peninsula.

The Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia. A winter drive from Moscow to Siberia can mean taking highways that are "rerouted across frozen lakes and rivers and are bedeviled by mountainous snowdrifts, whiteout conditions and, of course, bone-chilling, engine-seizing cold." Summers feature "traffic-choked mud wallow."

Stelvio Pass, Italy. 48 hairpin turns ("180-degree corners") on the way up the Alps, 38 hairpins descending. See a Ferrari 456 Spider drive it on a Car & Driver YouTube video.

And that's skipping the Highway of Death, Iraq (because the mentioned death toll was related to bombings of retreating vehicles at the end of the Gulf War), a couple of roads in Pakistan and Norway, and a tunnel in China that was something of local do-it-yourself project, according to the Active Times article.

Tip: To read fuller descriptions without going through a photo gallery, check out the USA Today version.

See more Philly Lists. Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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