Longest tunnel to open in Alps

THE world’s longest tunnel will be created today when a massive drilling machine breaks through the last few inches of rock beneath the Alps.

The 35.4-mile Gotthard Base rail tunnel is an environmental triumph as much as an unprecedented engineering feat. The €7.96 billion hole through the Gotthard massif, including the 8,200-foot Piz Vatgira, along the route to Italy is part of a larger project to shift goods from roads to rails, spurred mainly by a concern that heavy trucks were destroying Switzerland’s Alpine landscape.


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