struggling to find money to repair highways, much less build new
ones. The federal government is operating at a deficit for the first
time in years, making help from Washington for roads a remote possibility.
And some current highways are so rough it’s like running over a
But at least
one new highway is being built – a nearly 1,000-mile road across
Antarctica to the South Pole.
… the South Pole.
NewScientist.com reported Jan. 23 that engineers from the United States are working
on the road, which will run 1,600 kilometers – roughly 994 miles
– from McMurdo Sound, where the United States has a base, to the
US Scott-Amundsen base at the pole.
will be used to haul supplies to the base and to help engineers
lay a $250 million fiber-optic cable. No word yet on whether drivers
on the road are reporting a big problem with icing.