28 January 2018
Elon Musk’s Boring Company has received approval to dig a two-mile long tunnel from the city council in Hawthorne, California. The Boring company whose headquarters are outside in Hawthorne has till now dug tunnels only under its own property. The new tunnel will be dug 44 feet below the public road system and will help in easing the traffic congestion in the state.
Brett Horton, the senior director of facilities and construction for SpaceX assured the Council and the members of the public that they won’t see, hear or feel any of the digging.
“They won’t even know we’re there,” he said, even though the giant boring machine will be right below the ground.
Horton stated, "[residents] don’t see it, don’t hear it, and certainly don’t feel it. Everything happens underground, we won’t have construction crews walking down the street. We won’t have excavators."
Elon Musk had been in talks with LA government officials to make its traffic skipping tunnels. The company cut its first tunnel in June this year using the Godot tunneling machine. The Boring company has been testing the machine at its SpaceX headquarters in California. The tunnels will be able to haul traffic at high speed of 125 miles per hour and will shorten half and hour drive times above ground to just 5 minutes below ground.