Route 5 is a national route of Uruguay. In 1975, it was assigned the name Brigadier General Fructuoso Rivera, a national hero of Uruguay. It is one of the most important highways in country, along with Route 3, connecting Montevideo in the south with Rivera in the north and passing through the centre of the country. The road is approximately 501 kilometres (311 mi) in length. Upon reaching Santana do Livramento (the Brazilian extension of Rivera), the road joins federal highway BR-158.