Elon Musk Says He Can Build Brickell Tunnel In Six Months, For Around $30M

Elon Musk says he can build the Brickell Tunnel in a matter of months and solve downtown Miami’s biggest source of gridlock traffic.

Musk and Mayor Francis Suarez had their first phone call last week where the two discussed building an underground transportation network in the city.

The billionaire Tesla founder also told Miami’s Mayor that the Brickell tunnel can be built for less than three percent of previous cost estimates.

The Brickell Tunnel has been discussed for years as a solution to Brickell Avenue Drawbridge, which causes downtown Miami traffic to come to a halt every time it goes up.

A 2017 study estimated it would cost between $1.1 billion to $1.7 billion to build, depending on the length of the route chosen.

That study used the PortMiami tunnel as a cost basis, and adjusted for inflation and complexity. The PortMiami tunnel was built at a cost of around $600 million.

Musk told Suarez that he thinks the cost of the Brickell tunnel would be much closer to $30 million instead.

In a video posted to social media, Suarez said he would be discussing the Musk tunnel proposal with Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as his next step.

 

 

 

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

Suarez looks like a tango singer from the 1940s.

Anonymous
8 months ago

He sort of looks like Al Pacino.

Anonymous
8 months ago

xenophobe

Anonymous
8 months ago

I gave you a downvote because I’m a Douchehaphobe.

Anonymous
8 months ago

he wears big shoes – you know what that means. i like him. mmm hmmm… yum

Anonymous
8 months ago

he’s a hottie – and looks good naked.

Anonymous
8 months ago

how would you know?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Zorro

Anonymous
8 months ago

Bring the boring machines here already, lets go. Haters will hate while this man has a colony on Mars before 2050

Anonymous
8 months ago

Maybe he is from Mars😅

Azarius
8 months ago

This is the 1 opportunity Miami has been waiting on. Let’s get this done and prove everybody in the past and present WRONG!! Go Musk‼️‼️

Anonymous
8 months ago

He has to get his rockets working first.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I’m not as excited about the tunnel as I am about his interest in Miami. This could mean much more than what it looks like in the surface…pun intended.

Anonymous
8 months ago

$30M for him is like $30 for any of us. I hope he does it with his own money and brings his business to Miami!! But a tunnel should be for a subway system then, not cars!

William
8 months ago

I would bet my life savings he won’t do it for 30mm. The port tunnel was nearly a billion for less than a mile. Concrete and steel are commodities which he cannot control in terms of cost. And his tunneling machine is an older model from an existing manufacturer.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Port tunnel was far larger than elon tunnels and that was tech from ten years ago.

Anonymous
8 months ago

He isn’t charging for the city to BUY the new boring machine. He already owns it.
Every wonder where these machines go after every project?
Someone keeps paying for a machine that is already paid for.

Anonymous
8 months ago

How do you know that?

Yeah Buddy
8 months ago

He won’t be running a tunnel bore and road headers unless it is in hard rock.
If Musk doesn’t have rock mining experience he will do well to keep his hands out of this type of work.
Best thing to do is let some of the big boys like Frontier-Kemper handle a job like this.

POLO
8 months ago

More like 3 cents…

Truth Teller
8 months ago

According to Miami Herald. “The tunnel would only be accessible to electric vehicles, since a major point of construction cost savings would be the tunnel’s lack of ventilation”
Haha I knew there was a catch for only costing 30 mil. Folks it’s gonna cost at least 500 million. It ain’t gonna get built.

Anonymous
8 months ago

For those prices, why not build a tunnel under all the draw bridges. Or at least from Brickell avenue to the flagler street bridge.

Anonymous
8 months ago

zero percent the total cost to actually build this tunnel costs $30 milllion out the door. The concrete and steel alone would be more than $30 million.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Free solution – ticket people who think hazards give them the right to stop anywhere. This alone will clear up downtown gridlock, and a revenue stream to boot.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I don’t think that’s the problem, I do Lyft and the problem is there’s too many people driving cars from one building 2 blocks over to the next

NYC Loves Miami
8 months ago

Don’t you hate it when a healthy person gets on the elevator on the 2nd floor.

POLO
8 months ago

BUILD IT!!!

Optimist
8 months ago

Miami should get Musk to put it in writing and make it happen immediately. And put the downtown freight line to the port underground right after that.

Danny Costa
8 months ago

Just like I bet on Brady, I’ll bet on Musk.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Lmaooo

Anonymous
8 months ago

Trust me thats $30M per mile or a few miles not $30M for the whole project! I do think he can get it done for a lot cheaper than any other company…this man is far from greedy an could less about make a lot of money from this. He is more concerned about making his mark on this world than anything else an I love the guy for that!

Anonymous
8 months ago

The project is way less than a mile lmao so thats not a concern, its legit just a tunnel to replace the draw bridge that always gets super backed up

Anonymous
8 months ago

He’s gonna be “discussing this ‘issue’ with xyz…” haha…he means he will be discussing this ‘bullpoop’. Why would Elon’s joke, er, i mean, a proposal, be AN ISSUE? Elon is pulling your leg dude. Stop. I can see him having coffee laughing with his friends about his discussion he had with these country bumpkins who sits in front of him every time he walks into the room as if they are 5th graders and he is a scientist telling bedtime stories…lol. He prob is getting a kick telling them, “I was just talking to Florida Man and, yeah, you’re right, they are more gullible than even YOU thought…”

Anonymous
8 months ago

We have the sexiest mayor in the U.S.

Anonymous
8 months ago

He is good looking…
Here are two others that make that list.
Ron Nirenberg – City: San Antonio
Rahm Emanuel – City: Chicago

cool
8 months ago

uhm.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Anybody will look good compared to the current Mayor of Chicago.

Anonymous
8 months ago

30 millions cost a root canal 🦷 in Coral Gables!😃

Rick
8 months ago

We used to dig 6ft and hit water. Florida has so many auqifers under your feet you wouldn’t believe. How in the heck is this going to work?

Anonymous
8 months ago

At that price per mile, this technology is a game changer.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I feel like musk is blowing smoke up ours and suarez behind. How many tunnels has he built yet?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Three

Anonymous
8 months ago

I wish they would have tunneled I-395 from the I-95 under the bay to the island. Forget the spider bridge.

Anonymous
8 months ago

BS. If Elon says it will cost only $30 million, it’ll probably cost $35 million.

This will never happen, no money for the corrupt politicians, Government bureaucrats & unions to get paid off.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good project, but the price tag…
When something is too good to be true,…… you know the rest.

Tod
8 months ago

So 3 bids were put out. Musk at 30m and 6 months. A German Co. Bid 45m in 4 months. A Russian Co just bid 15m and can start now. They will tunnel 24/7 for 4 weeks and start at both ends. They do not insure that the 2 ends will meet. But worse case Miami will get 2 tunnels.

Anonymous
8 months ago

its 30million just to bore the tunnels. that does not include the cost of everything else in the project like road alignment ext.

Anonymous
7 months ago

First to suggest The Boring Company on this site. Your welcome.

They should also throw in some pedestrian/bike tunnels up river as part of the deal.

Charles A
7 months ago

I think he’s a mini me of his Dad, who I met back in the early 90’s. But, yeah he has the Blue Steel Look.

Bouygues the real deal!
7 months ago

Port Miami costs over $2B to build it was done by Bouygues the French company which the #1 road ans tunnel builder in the world. Since I work there I can tell you that there’s now way to build this under $500M and that would with freaking Einstein driving the team! Musk is a joke and everybody knows it!

Anonymous
8 months ago

that’s one big love tunnel. dang.

Anonymous
8 months ago

If they did this and extended it all the way up Biscayne, this could solve a bunch of traffic issues on the surface and we could finally turn the parking lot that is Biscayne into an activated public space!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Let’s see it.. we need a proof of concept.

Anonymous
8 months ago

just wait til one of his electric cars catches on fire inside a tunnel w/ no ventilation system and kills all those drivers…

Anonymous
8 months ago

Do you think they’re dumb?

Anonymous
8 months ago

no, mute

Anonymous
8 months ago

Soooo…. you put ventilation systems in tunnels? That’s usually how they work.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Except musk said one of the reasons they can build it so cheap is because they would build without a ventilation system, which according to him is not needed because his tunnels are only meant for electric cars

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not sure why the downvotes are coming for this one, since it’s the truth. Read the article in The Herald about it. The tunnel would be exclusively for electric cars.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The truth gets downvotes here. Truth can be painful and be hard to deal with.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Are you having a crisis or something?

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s going to have to be for all cars.

Anonymous
8 months ago

and all the other tunnels in the world???