The Boring Company, founded by the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, has won the approval to start digging underneath the streets of California. If you are wondering what the Boring Company is, it isn’t what you think. Whilst people think that in order to solve traffic problems, autonomous vehicles and ride sharing may help reduce that. Musk, on the other hand, thinks that he can solve that problem by digging a series of tunnels under normal roads.
Currently, the Boring Company is operating out of SpaceX grounds in California and all of the tunnels that they have been digging and testing were all done within their own private grounds. Now they are prepared to venture further. The test tunnel is purely for testing only and the Boring Company aims to test the basics of facilities in the tunnel. After testing, the city council can request for the tunnel to be filled up.
The tunnel will run 13 metres under the surface, below public roads and utilities. One key point to note that it will not be dug underneath and residential or commercial properties. According to a report by The Verge, The Boring Company still needs to acquire an “encroachment permit” before it can dig the test tunnel.
Whilst the good folks over in the US is building tunnels which wouldn’t disturb the lives of the folks in the city of Hawthorne, California, the authorities instead decided to block off certain roads in Bandar Utama to build elevated roads as a bypass for traffic to smoothly flow through.
Which would you prefer? Tunnels or overpasses?