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Boring Company Vegas Tunnel Progresses

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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Earlier this month, construction work on The Boring Company’s tunnel for the Las Vegas Convention Center officially entered operation. A tunnel boring machine is also reportedly on site, as well as other assorted heavy equipment.

According to Teslarati, a source indicated that the boring machine was transported to the site in segments, and was put together earlier this month.

Project History

The Boring Company completed its first test tunnel in November 2018, located in Hawthorne, California, for $10 million. The tunnel is a 1.14-mile-long test track that began at the parking lot of Space X’s Hawthorne, Los Angeles, headquarters, and ended at what will eventually become O’Leary Station.

The tunnel is expected to transport passengers 155 miles per hour. Once a vehicle is lowered onto an electric skate by elevator, it will be entered into Hyperloop—a reduced pressure tube that could shoot pod-like vehicles faster than an airliner.

Las Vegas Boring Tunnel Deal

In May, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $48.6 million contract with The Boring Company for construction on the LVCC Loop. The Boring Company was originally approved for construction by the Authority’s board of directors in mid-March.

According to TechCrunch, this is the company’s first commercial contract. The final cost of the project is slated to total $52.5 million.

The LVCVA selected The Boring Company as one of the firms to enter into exclusive contract negotiations to design, construct and operate a Loop system for the Las Vegas Convention Center. The loop is to provide a fast and convenient transportation option for convention and trade show attendees on the LVCC campus.

The Campus Wide People Mover, the project’s initial design, is focused around the convention center. The Authority estimated that visitors would have to travel 2 miles from one end of the convention center to the other, a distance that warranted the transportation solution.

Recent Updates

Activity is currently largely centered around what will be a passenger station at the end of the tunnels, and though plans revealed in December initially indicated otherwise, passenger stations are now slated to be aboveground, cutting out the need for elevators and upping the efficiency of construction.

Progress on the project is continuing apace, with reports indicating that the boring machine will likely emerge from the other side of its work in January, assuming there are no additional delays. If this window is met, this should allow the company time to refine its transport system once things are in place. (Currently, the loop is slated to be operational in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021.)

“A hole has been dug behind the (convention center’s) South Hall and we’re waiting for permits from the county to begin tunneling,” said Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority spokesperson Lori Nelson-Kraft. “The boring machine has arrived on site and will be assembled and lowered into the pit. We hope to begin tunneling efforts in the next month.”

   

Tagged categories: Contractors; Government; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Tunnel

Comment from Jon Edwards, (10/30/2019, 8:26 PM)

$26 million per mile - like tunneling in NYC. And 155 mph in a 2 mile long tunnel - better strap yourself in for the acceleration and deceleration. Will be faster than an airliner - a DC3.


Comment from T W, (11/1/2019, 9:35 AM)

It's not the falling that kills ya, it's the sudden stop at the end.


Comment from Robert Ikenberry, (11/2/2019, 1:31 PM)

If the acceleration is essentially continuous, accelerating for the first half, decelerating for the second half, it shouldn’t be too bad. Elevators in super-tall buildings can reach 60 mph and they start and stop in less than 1/4 mile. (Vertical acceleration is probably easier to tolerate than horizontal though)


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