Several engineers have been asked to come up with an ingenious design for a bridge or tunnel across the Strait of Gibraltar joining the continents of Europe and Africa. These projects are being looked into by the Spanish and Moroccan governments with some assistance from the EU.
In 2004 Eugene Tsui, an architect from the United States published his design for the Strait of Gibraltar Floating Bridge, the longest bridge in the world.
This incredible design features an original floating and submerging concept which incorporates a 3 mile wide floating island at the centre. There are 24 lanes for vehicle traffic and 4 lanes for trucks and buses along with 2 high speed trains. In addition 5 pedestrian lanes are elevated above the traffic lanes, which can also be used by cyclists.
Tsui has designed this unique concept with both the environment and tourism in mind and has provided the largest wind and water power farm in the world which can generate enough electricity to power the Spanish province of Cadiz and Morocco.
As a tourist attraction, Tsui’s Gibraltar bridge could increase the current annual visitors to both Spain and Morocco by 2600%, an amazing increase of 2.3 million to 60 million tourists per year! The estimated costs, as at 2004, to build such a bridge is US$ 10 billion. As such an ambitious design, could this become the 8th Wonder of the World? Reference