Story in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week about plans to build a bridge between the Italian mainland and the island of Sicily. It’s been talked about since roughly the third century (A.D.), but Italian officials say now that this is the time.
The suspension bridge will be two miles long — three times longer than the Golden Gate. It’ll cross one of the most active seismic faults in the world and will no doubt be worked on by contractors with ties to the Sicilian Mafia. Sounds like something you’ll want to be the first one to drive over, doesn’t it?
The cornerstone is to laid in 2004, with completion set for 2010 at a cost of 4.6 billion euros. You’ll pardon me if I don’t leave my car idling while I wait.