The Russian government has given the go-ahead on an ambitious new tunnel project that could connect Siberia with Alaska via an underground rail line. If completed, the $65 billion project will be the longest underwater tunnel in the world, besting the Chunnel between England and France by twice the distance. The planned course would stretch over 65 miles and would snake beneath the Big and Little Diomede Islands. According to Inhabitat, the project will be funded by a private and public partnership. So why build it?

Aside from being a civil engineering marvel, the tunnel would also provide an efficient way to move 100 million tons of freight per year. In addition, the tunnel could provide an easy transmission route for electricity developed by tidal energy stations and wind plants in Russia to Alaska and Canada. In addition, the rail system would complete a high-speed network that could stretch from London to New York City. Unfortunately, the project doesn't seem to be geared toward passenger travel. At least, not for now. Thanks for the tip, Chad!


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      pete
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally! obama's shovel ready jobs are beginning to come in. And other companies will be hiring workers to manufacture those shovels. What a deal!!
      Jake Riley
      • 3 Years Ago
      Travel 65 miles and you get there yesterday. That's what I call high-speed rail.
      US DOT guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay, everyone. Repeat after me: Sarah Palin (the politician) did NOT say "I can see Russia from my house!" Tina Fey (comedienne) did. Now on to the Bering tunnel. Look, the tunnel is (only) 65 miles long) but to use it, you'd have to build about 2,000 miles of railroad on the Siberian side and about 1,200 on the U.S. side to connect to the continental rail networks. Also, you have a small break-of-gauge problem, in that Russian gauge is 5 feet and North American is 4 feet eight and a half inches. Plus there is the small matter that there is NO local traffic to speak of, either in Alaska or Siberia. So presumably the through traffic (containers?) will bear the whole cost. This is an economic non-starter. The ocean distance is shorter and the cost is lower. Why would you want to throw away money on a railroad. As for "driving to Russia", well, first you need a road to drive on.
      John Lafitte
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't that right on a fault line? How many earthquakes will it handle before it's destroyed?
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Lafitte
        The fault line is a few hundred miles to the south.
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John Lafitte
        http://www4.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/lemke/geog101/images3/18p_ring_of_fire_usgs.gif It is a few hundred miles away.
      bonowell
      • 3 Years Ago
      A tunnel in an earthquake zone. Smart.
        artorius317
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bonowell
        yes, now that's stupid, lol
        cheercher22
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bonowell
        My first thought. Besides Russians are supporting Iran and Syria against the U.S and Israel. The end can't come soon enough. I won't be here. Praise the Lord.
      jondanl
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the Russians connect it to the trans-Siberia railroad we'll be able to hop on a Chinese bullet train in New York and eat some good Chinese food in Bejiing. What a com- uppance for the airlines and all their fees!
        Gordon Patterson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jondanl
        That and a faster way for Jihaddists to enter the country.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jondanl
        [blocked]
      nuttberry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ye gods people! While the idea is questionable (good thinking about the region's instability), use a bit of common sense with regards to borders and invasions! Anyone would think that there is no existing transportation link between North America and Russia - boats, air. If the tunnel was open to passengers it would be much easier to police than the miles of coastline where people could land in boats if they really wanted to come across illegally. And again, as for invasions, the mouth of the tunnel would be easier to defend than all that coastline. The Chunnel works great and is a quick link between the UK and the rest of Europe. I concur with the person that said a tunnel from nowhere to nowhere - apart from freight, I don't see a big use for this.
      Lonny
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a 1 way tunnel...how 'bout we build tidal energy stations and wind plants in Alaska...and send the electricity to Russia and Europe? Right now, we export mostly jobs...that might be a welcome change.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounds like an interesting trip. Hopefully the tickets for passengers would be cheap enough. Cargo would have to be cheaper than shipping by boat at 8 gpm.
      bp233
      • 3 Years Ago
      We also need a tunnel to China, that way we can totally do way with our manufacturing, but a few more huge transports like there newest, they wont need a tunnel.
      memphis
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those unfamiliar with term, Google "New World Order"... this is going to inch us closer to "one government" for the whole world (demolishing sovereighnty is a crucial aspect of NWO). Look, Europe has the Euro (one currency for many nations) and N. America has created the "Amero" which will eliminate the dollar, peso, etc in due time. It's all coming together folks. And yeah, go ahead with the "tin-foil hat" jokes; whatever, facts don't lie. See you in the FEMA camps!
        shelftickle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @memphis
        shut off the Rush Limbaugh and go do something for democratic society if you're so concerned about it.
        kerita418
        • 3 Years Ago
        @memphis
        well said memphis
      Uncle Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do we have a contractor in Boston,MA that can do the job !! The same company that dig the "BIG DIG". Good Luck
        grands138
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Uncle Tony
        LOL! If they use the "Big Dig" contractor, this tunnel will take 30 years to complete and at a cost of $1.8 trillion.
          carossler
          • 3 Years Ago
          @grands138
          That was mostly the democrat Teddy Boy who caused that.
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