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Now, to pad this post out, here’s some unedited copy from a post I was writing and forgot about:

Proposals to bridge the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska have existed since the 1800s. It’s 55 miles across. That wouldn’t be the world’s longest bridge, or the second longest or the third or fourth. It would be the fifth longest bridge in the world and it would stand in reasonably shallow water. The weather up there is bad, there are challenges with road building and railroad gauges, but there are solutions.

There have been tunnel proposals too. People who seem like they know say its feasible.

A project like a crossing between Asia and North America, maybe with a bullet train mean for international travel is a big undertaking, and I can’t imagine it would eliminate the need for cargo ships entirely. And of course, a project that big means lots of big diesel engines running, lots of steel being made, lots of concrete, and even if it runs on electricity, that has to come from somewhere, sure, sure.

That’s it, thanks for reading.

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Bridge Designer assignment:

1. Design a bridge that can take Cat 5 hurricanes in the open ocean.

2. Design a bridge that can take feet of icing during a Cat 5 hurricane.

3. Design a bridge that can do that at -40 degrees.

4. Did we mention the sea is super  deep in places?

5. And the land anchors are on rock but permafrost, so they will sink over time.

6. Oh I forgot to talk about Rogue waves. There are reports of 100 ft waves in the area during storms.

To normal people, this sounds like Nightmare fuel. But engineers are weird. We will look at these challenges and loose sleep coming up with clever solutions to the problems raised and not have any nightmares about it.

No the TRUE nightmare fuel isn’t for the designer. It’s for the truck driver that has to go across this thing in the middle of January when there is a storm that shouldn’t hit until he’s reached the other side.