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Old Posted Sep 20, 2018, 10:31 PM
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Far Fetched Civil Projects That Yoo Would Love To See Happen

Tongue in cheek a little, but it could make sense.

My pick would be to build a canal, to extend the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the Pacific Ocean..Right along the Canada/ U.S border. Kind of of like the Panama canal on steroids.

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HSR build out in the US to the extent of the interstate highway system. Extend the Gulf of California north up past the Salton Sea.
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HSR build out in the US to the extent of the interstate highway system. Extend the Gulf of California north up past the Salton Sea.
RE: HSR. Yes..North America is really far behind Europe and Asia in that department.Here in Canada, they've been talking a HSR though our busiest corridor for years now. Where roughly 20 million people live..Enough to warrant it.

This one is totally ridiculous, but how about a tunnel under the Atlantic ocean connecting Europe to North America..Complete with ventilation, rest stops and motels along the route..Heck even from Alaska to Mainland Russia,which I believe was talked about before.
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Vancouver island bridge
Freeway from Vancouver to Boenos Aires across the Americas
Trans Canada Freeway
Freeway from London to Beijing
Long Island-Connecticut bridge
Newfoundland-Labrador bridge
Ireland-UK tunnel
Straight of Gibraltar Bridge
Singapore - Sumatra bridge
Sumatra - Java bridge
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2018, 3:36 PM
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Connect Japan to the mainland. Most likely via a link to South Korea (but then North Korea needs to stop being a rogue country to allow it to be useful for freight). Could also go via Sakhalin.

Pittsburgh to Harrisburg base tunnel (would allow HSR connection between Midwest and East Coast)

Reno to Auburn Base Tunnel
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Old Posted Nov 28, 2018, 4:02 AM
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Boston Outer Harbor flood barrier
Springfield/Worcester base tunnel for inland route HSR (really palmer-Worcester)
Partially flood the Afar and Qattara depressions via canals for hydropower generation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qattar...ession_Project
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Extend the Arkansas River navigation system north to create a river port in Wichita creating a terminus for a good portion of the U.S. grain industry. Due to Wichita's elevation of 1,302 ft it would require a significant number of new dams and locks as the current terminus in the Verdigris River near Tulsa is at 610 ft.



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How about the Denver Water Dept "Big Straw" which would be a twin pipeline traveling from northeast Denver water plant near the Platte River and the Suncor refinery all the way to a point at the Missouri River south of Omaha, with the other running through eastern Colorado, the full length of both Kansas and Missouri to a spot on the Mississippi River just south of St Louis. In the proposal was large treatment plants/pumping centers in Nebraska near Hastings and one near Salina in Kansas all joining together at a new mega plant in northeast Denver (there were to be some smaller pumping stations along the way as well). I remember when this was first proposed when I lived in metro Denver back in the mid 2000s.
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HSR build out in the US to the extent of the interstate highway system. Extend the Gulf of California north up past the Salton Sea.
I think extensional rifting will do that in a few million years. In fact, the Gulf of California could extend way north into the Great Basin in maybe 20 million years. Sea Floor Spreading, plate tectonics and all that jazz. But I agree, maybe man can accelerate the process by piping in or canaling in clean ocean water to clean up the Salton Sea. A clean Salton Sea would be great. Piping in from the Pacific would be more costly and the water would have to be pumped over the coastal mountains into the Coachella Valley, but power could be generated on the way down as the water descends & turns generators, so it wouldn't need that much power. A less costly option is to build a canal from the Gulf of California (very little power needed since it would be mostly flat) but Mexico would have to approve.

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Old Posted Dec 3, 2018, 10:13 AM
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Love to see Elon Musk Hyperloop transports everywhere...L.A. to San Diego in 10 minutes, L.A. to San Fran in 30 minutes etc. City center to city center. 600 mph. That would be my fave.
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This one is totally ridiculous, but how about a tunnel under the Atlantic ocean connecting Europe to North America..Complete with ventilation, rest stops and motels along the route..Heck even from Alaska to Mainland Russia,which I believe was talked about before.

That would be awesome, if it wasn't for that pesky geological activity along the mid Atlantic ridge!!
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Freeway from Vancouver to Boenos Aires across the Americas
Trans Canada Freeway
Freeway from London to Beijing
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The Pan-American Highway almost gets you from Vancouver to Buenos Aires, there's just the matter of the Darien Gap.

There is a Trans-Canada highway so what are you proposing there?

With China's Belts and Roads projects, it wouldn't surprise me if you could physically drive from London to Beijing via a designated route someday. Not sure what the political realities are. There are roads that exist between London and Beijing (counting the Chunnel car train), although Google can't figure out how to get into China, which is a political problem, not a roads one because they definitely exist all across Russia, and into Mongolia, but somewhere between Mongolia and China, automated maps can't find routings - but they do exist.
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How far fetched are we talking here? Like completely fantasy to see a freeway built through the Caribbean Islands that connect North America to South America or somewhat plausible like a nuke plant in eastern Oklahoma to replace fossil fuel plants? I can come up with a pretty big list.
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