Russian Railways president, Vladimir Yakunin, recently announced his very ambitious plan to build the world’s longest highway, which would connect London to New York City, but not across the Atlantic Ocean.
Yup, you read correctly. The plan involves building a super-highway that’s some 12,400 miles long using existing roads in Europe and Russia. Around 6,200 miles of those roads will pass through Russia’s current network connecting the east and west border.
The plan also includes a 55-mile road built to bridge Russia and Alaska across the harsh Bering Strait.
“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project,” Yakunin said in his press conference. “It should be an alternative to the current model, which has caused a systemic crisis. The project should be turned into a world ‘future zone’, and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.”
Should the project be successful, up to 10 to 15 new industries could be created with new cities while also creating jobs. It could also introduce a new realm of political relations between many countries.
As of now, the longest road int he world is in Australia, where their Highway 1 spans about 9,000 miles.