What Do Many Of The World’s Latest Megaprojects Have in Common?

If you look at some of the world’s grandest and most expensive structural projects over the last few years, you’ll notice that a the majority of them are bridges, tunnels, railways, airports, and canals. All across the globe you’ll see impressive transportation updates that show how much we need a reliable means to travel, ship goods, and more.

In a recent survey, Popular Mechanics showcased the 25 most impressive megaprojects from around the world.  Of the seven located in the U.S., all but two were updates and additions to our transportation infrastructure, including DC’s new 23.1 miles of silver line track.

The World’s 25 Most Impressive Megaprojects | Popular Mechanics

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“The D.C. Metro is adding a color. The new silver line required 11.7 miles of new track and five new stations for the completion of phase one, which opened in 2014. Work has already started on phase two, which will add another 11.4 miles of track and six new stations, including a much-needed connection to notoriously difficult-to-reach Washington Dulles International Airport. The silver line has been noted as one of the most complex transportation projects in the country, as engineers had to plan and build amidst the already developed region.”

Transportation projects in Canada, the U.K., Turkey, India, Russia, and Panama have also been spotlighting, but China appears to lead the list with a number of major structural investments throughout their country.

Would you like to see more U.S. based infrastructure projects appear on lists like this in the future? Share your thoughts in the comments.