Archive for November, 2008

A bridge to Sicily?

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

The Washington Post reports an odd bit of fallout from the global financial crisis: Italy is considering boosting public spending by accelerating the long-discussed bridge to Sicily.

This would be the first fixed connection to the island in thousands of years, since ice-age landbridges were submerged by rising sea levels.

The article notes that Japan’s efforts to spend its way out of recession in the 1990s “produced a herd of white elephants including new, but little-used airports and ports, as well as a $250 million bridge to Kourijima Island,” population 361.

Grant Aldonas, a former American trade official, warns of a general problem: “There is a huge danger of bridges to nowhere.”

Sicily
Image courtesy NASA.