Could you imagine driving from London to New York in a car?
Well, this may be a possibility in the future if the head of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, is granted his wish.
Back in March 2015, a plan to build the world’s ultimate highway was revealed to the public in a meeting held at the Russian Academy of Science, in Moscow. The proposed highway would, for the first time ever, connect Asia to North America via a road at the narrowest point in the Bering Sea.
The project, labelled the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR), would consist of roughly 21,000 kilometers of road networks, using some existing roads along with newly built roads specifically for the cause.
“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project,” said Yakunin.
The shortest distance between the two continents is about 88 kilometers. The super-highway would join the North American continent somewhere north of the Alaskan town of Nome.
This might prove to be the most interesting part of the project, as there are no roads that currently connect Nome to the rest of state’s roads. In fact, 836 road-less kilometers separate Nome from the closest major city, Fairbanks.
For the most part, the highway will be built along-side the longest railway in the world, the Trans-Siberian railway, which runs from Moscow to Vladivostok and covers 9,258 kilometers.
An estimate of $3 trillion (that’s about R47,650,000,000,000) has been attached to this enormous under-taking. This does sound like an awful lot, but when you take into consideration the boost this highway could potentially give many rural economies, it doesn’t seem that much.
There are also plans to build a high-speed railway next to this vast road.