The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Eurasians who have been aching to take a road trip from Istanbul to Inch'on, or Moscow to Mumbai (née Bombay), can start long-range planning. The Asian Highway Agreement aims to unite 32 countries with over 87,500 miles of concrete. The map of the proposed highway system can be seen here.

The goal is to open up remote parts of the continent to the world at large, thus spurring economic development and social and cultural development. Sort of like what happened on another continent about a hundred years ago:
Most of the roads already exist but require upgrading to an international standard - much like the United States in the early 1900s, when smaller roads were cobbled together and improved to form the federal highways U.S. 1 and Route 66. Signs would be unified and border facilities improved to handle an expected increase in traffic.