http://i.gizmodo.com/5368477/worlds-largest-bridge-to-stretch-over-13-miles-long I saw this article about the worlds largest bridge to be built in qatar/bahrain that is 13 miles long at a cost of 3 billion dollars. I remembered hearing that the bay bridge (which the part they are building is about 1/3 the size of the worlds longest) is going to cost more than twice what that bridge will cost which is about 6.3 billion.(this was a 2005 estimate) Now how can they build a bridge for cheaper than us? surely the labor isnt cheaper over there as qatar has a per capita income of 110k vs the us of about 50k. Bahrain has a bit cheaper labor, but their per capita income is still 37k which is still pretty high. Just goes to show that we spend way too much on infrastructure here. We know it can be done for cheaper, but when a company wins a bid here to build a bridge, they do redesigns over and over and force the government to pay more. its all a big scam.