Friday, October 15, 2010

World's Longest Tunnel Nearing Completion

I was joking with a gentleman at a public meeting the other night about drilling a tunnel under Lake Coeur d'Alene. Well it's not such a joke in Switzerland where they're about to chew through the last few inches of rock standing in the way of the creation of the world’s longest tunnel.

The tunnel is part of a larger project to shift the hauling of goods from roads to rails, spurred by concerns that heavy trucks are destroying Switzerland’s Alpine landscape. This sounds familiar, where have I heard this before?

Anyway, it's quite a project and the Swiss people have agreed to some pretty steep taxes to get it. Here's the story from the Spokesman-Review.

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