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Russia unveils idea for epic cross-continental highway

A civil engineering project of an epic scale could take place in the next few years after Russia revealed plans to build a superhighway that could link to the US.

According to a report in The Siberian Times newspaper, the head of the Russia Railways Vladimir Yakunin has unveiled an idea for a project that would see road, new rail and oil and gas pipelines built along the Trans-Siberian Railway route.

motorway at night

The highway would be a civil engineering project on an epic scale


It said the idea for the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR) was presented last month to the Russian Academy of Science. It would link in with other road networks to create the first modern road network between the Pacific and the Atlantic.

Readers' comments (2)

  • If it can get the funding great but it should not come at the expense of environmental impact or the destruction of East Russian communities. Also would be hesitant to believe until there is something serious to back up the proposals. So often in the home of my ancestors there are grand proposals and very little movement.

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  • This is on a similar scale to the idea of building a dam across the straits of Gibraltar to generate hydro power from a drop in the level of the Mediterranean. What about continental drift?

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