Russia Wants to Build a Mega-Highway From New York to London

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There is no way to drive from New York to London today, but Russia has plans that could make the drive possible. The proposal would build a highway from New York to London by way of Russia and it would make for one heck of a road trip.

The idea belongs to Vladimir Yakunin, president of Russian Railways who wants to link the entire northern hemisphere by a road called the Trans-Eurasian Belt. It honestly sounds a bit like a plot by some megalomaniac in a spy movie, but as far as we know, Yakunin has no plans for world domination.

The road would start in New York then go up through Fairbanks and Nome in Alaska where it would cross into Russia. It would then run along the Trans-Siberian railway to Moscow before finishing up in London, England.

The plan was released at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow and would require a mind-boggling infrastructure. One of the most challenging aspects of the project would be building the 6,200 miles of road that would cover Russia alone.

Another difficult part of the project would be getting cars across the 55 miles of ocean that separate Alaska and Siberia. The plan didn’t say exactly how that would be accomplished, which seems like a rather glaring omission.

The cost to build this thing would be in the trillions of dollars, so there’d have to be a very good reason to build it and coordinate all those resources. Anyone who’s endured a major highway project in their city knows just how complicated that can be, so just try and imagine coordinating a project that spans several countries and continents.

Given all the challenges, there’d have to be a really, really good reason to build this highway, and that may be what kills the idea.

It’s not likely that anyone is going to drive this route on vacation. There are these nifty things called airplanes that can get you from New York to London in about 8 hours which is a much easier trip.

The plan claims their will be huge economic returns, but doesn’t give any details. It’s possible there will be benefits to cities along the route, but only if anyone drives it in the first place. So, who’s up for a nearly 13,000 mile road trip?

Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin

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