Incredible Swiss Tunnel Completed

Giant robot "worms" have been tunneling towards each other through opposite sides of the Gottard Massif for years. On Friday, they finally met, completing the 19-mile tunnel.
October 17, 2010, 9am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Frank James and Mark Memmott of the NPR News blog reflect on the greatness of this engineering feat, and how sad it is that the Swiss can get such popular support for expensive infrastructure projects like this while U.S. citizens balk at paying for any public good:

"...Swiss citizens decided the Gotthard Base Tunnel was important enough they would tax themselves to pay for it, about $1300 each. Every man, woman, and child. This is not just a project of engineers, it is a project of a people."

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Published on Friday, October 15, 2010 in NPR
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