A new “mega road” proposed by a senior Russian official would make the drive from Sydney to Perth look like a cakewalk.
Presented by the director of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, at a recent meeting with the Russian Academy of Science, the super highway would in theory link Russia with Alaska, connect three continents, and make it possible (albeit very difficult) to drive from Western Europe to Eastern US, in what would be by far the world’s longest road trip.
According to the Siberian Times, Yakunin, wants to build the almost 20,000km road alongside a new high-speed railway in what he says would be an “interstate, inter-civilization, project”.
Despite conceding that the undertaking would be “very ambitious and expensive”, Yakunin, who is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the economic returns would outweigh the investments, which could total in the trillions of dollars, the Times reported.
Titled the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, the project would also connect some of the most isolated people on earth.
In 2007, the Russian government reportedly approved a US$65 million proposal to build a tunnel underneath the Bering Strait, which connects Russia and Alaska. But with nothing so far coming of that, it could be quite some time before this latest proposal sees the light of day.
Though it would make for one heck of a road trip if it ever were completed.
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