A Bering Strait crossing is a hypothetical bridge or tunnel spanning the relatively narrow and shallow Bering Strait between the Chukotka Peninsula in Russia and the Seward Peninsula in the U.S. state of Alaska. In principle, the bridge or tunnel would provide an overland connection linking Asia with North America, although there is little infrastructure in the nearby parts of Alaska and Russia.
With the two Diomede Islands between the peninsulas, the Bering Strait could be spanned by three bridges. Two long bridges, each almost 40 kilometres (25 mi) long, would connect the mainland on each side to one island, and a third much shorter one between the two islands, giving a total distance of about 80 kilometres (50 mi). Such length is not unprecedented, as the two long bridges each would be shorter than the 41.58-kilometre (25.84 mi) Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, currently the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world. However, the construction of a Bering Strait crossing would face exceptional political, engineering, and financial hurdles.
There have been several proposals for a Bering Strait crossing made by various persons, TV-channels, magazines, etc. The names used for them include The Intercontinental Peace Bridge and Eurasia-America Transport Link. Tunnel names have included "TKM-World Link" and "AmerAsian Peace Tunnel". In April 2007, Russian government officials told the press that the Russian government will back a $65 billion plan by a consortium of companies to build a Bering Strait tunnel. On 22 August 2011, the Daily Mail reported that the Russian government had approved a £60bn tunnel across the Bering Strait. The £60bn comes from a rough Russian estimate of $100bn.
... a 103-kilometre (64 mi) road and electrified high-speed rail tunnel under the Bering Strait which, if completed, would become the longest tunnel in the world ... Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin approved a plan to build a railroad to the Bering Strait area, as a part of the development plan to run until 2030 ... The more than 100-kilometre (60 mi) tunnel would run under the Bering Strait between Chukotka, in the Russian far east, and Alaska ...
... For more details on this topic, see list of straits ... Well-known straits in the world include Bab el Mandeb, connecting the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden ... Bass Strait, which lies between mainland Australia and Tasmania, and depending on definition, either connects the Indian Ocean with the Pacific Ocean ...
... The Kellett Strait (75°45′N 117°30′W / 75.750°N 117.500°W / 75.750 -117.500Coordinates 75°45′N 117°30′W / 75.750°N 117.500°W / 75.750 -117.500) is a natural ... It opens into the McClure Strait to the south, and the Fitzwilliam Strait to the north ... Gulf Beaufort Sea Dolphin and Union Strait Fitzwilliam Strait Hazen Strait Kellett Strait Liddon Gulf M'Clure Strait Minto Inlet Murray Inlet Prince of Wales Strait Richard Collinson Inlet Prince Albert ...
... The Bering Strait crossing was authorized by Tsar Nicholas II as early as 1906 ... The Bering Strait is 37 km wide 3 km wider than the Channel ...
... Mentawai Strait separates Sumatra and Mentawai Islands, Indonesia ... Molucca Sea Savu Sea Seram Sea South China Sea Timor Sea Strait Alas Strait Alor Strait Badung Strait Bali Strait Bangka Strait Berhala Strait Dampier Strait Gaspar Strait Karimata Strait Laut ...
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