Imagine being able to drive to London from New York City. The possibility may not be as far away as it seems.

The president of Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin, has proposed a plan for a trans-Siberian highway that connects Russia to Alaska by crossing part of the Bering Sea. It is named the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR).

“This is an inter-state, inter-civilization, project,” said Yakunin. “The project should be turned into a world ‘future zone,’ and it must be based on leading, not catching, technologies.”


The proposed road would go through Russia and link up with existing roads in Asia and Western Europe. The report did not mention specific routes over the ocean but the shortest distance between Russia and Alaska is 55 miles. The road would end up slightly north of Nome, an isolated city in Alaska. No roads in Alaska are currently connected to Nome, and a drive from London to Alaska would be around 8,000 miles. Yakunin hopes this will add further development to Serbia and other areas.

Would you be willing to take a road trip for over 10,000 miles-plus? Talk about ambitious …