Thursday, October 12, 2006

A Bridge Too Far...

...and possibly too crooked for Italy's government:

Italy has abandoned controversial plans to build a bridge between the country's mainland and the island of Sicily.

The structure would have crossed the Messina Straits, forming the world's longest single-span suspension bridge.

But Italian MPs voted to scrap the proposed construction, saying they had other priorities for Italy's impoverished southern island.

There were also concerns that organised crime networks could hijack the lucrative project.

But that wouldn't stop a profit seeking company.

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