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He has already spent $50,000 on the project

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is sick of the traffic on California's Interstate 405, and he's offering additional money to make it wider. 

Musk has already spent $50,000 on the project to widen the 405, but recent delays and budget overruns have extended the timeframe -- and Musk said he'll throw extra money out there to speed things up. 

Musk said the money would be "a contribution to the city and my own happiness. If it can actually make a difference, I would gladly contribute funds and ideas. I've super had it."

"The 405 … varies from bad to horrendous," said Musk. "It just seems people in Los Angeles are being tortured by this.… I don't know why they aren't marching in the streets."

Musk typically uses the 405 to travel between his home in Bel-Air and his SpaceX factory in Hawthorne.

Much of the delays are due to new sound walls having to be demolished and rebuilt, the relocation of utility lines and arguments over the placement of ramps. 

The 405 project is now expected to take at least a year longer than first anticipated -- putting the completion date between June 2014 and fall 2014 -- and cost about $100 million more than the originally budgeted $1 billion.

Los Angeles County officials and board members of Metro (which is running the project) have said that the contractors on the project are a huge problem in the current 405 situation. Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County supervisor and board member of Metro, said the contractors have "shown a complete lack of sensitivity and empathy for the community." 

Kiewit Corporation, an employee-owned Fortune 500 contractor based in Omaha, Nebraska, is heading much of the project. 

"The costs and schedule impacts are the result of the project's overall complexity and the significant challenges associated with multiple unexpected utility and right-of-way issues," said Kiewit. "Kiewit and Metro are committed to working together to minimize future delays and resolve final costs. We ... are committed to delivering the highest-quality product on the I-405 project."

Musk's extra dollars would likely go toward an increase in workers and equipment to speed the process up. 

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Put his money were his mouth is
By havoti97 on 5/5/2013 4:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
He should contribute some more zeroes behind that figure, then we'll talk. Until then, his comments are totally comical and can only be taken as a joke. I remember reading somewhere it costs several million per mile of freeway construction. He should have just used that money to buy a personal helicopter.

RE: Put his money were his mouth is
By lennylim on 5/7/2013 1:52:57 PM , Rating: 3
The real joke is how public projects cost obscene amounts of money, are almost always late, and how meekly we accept it.

RE: Put his money were his mouth is
By Samus on 5/14/2013 11:27:50 AM , Rating: 2
I have a friend that works at Keiwit and I remember talking to her years ago about this project. Almost all the delays are related to waiting on utility companies and city officials. Most of the week construction crew and equipment stand around because they can't proceed.

You know why they call it the 405? Because it takes 4 o' 5 hours to get to the other end.

You know why they call it the 405? Because the average speed is 4 o' 5 MPH.

I used to live in San Diego and those are just a few jokes about the expressway.

It's among the worst expressways (the Kennedy in Chicago with its ridiculous reversible express lanes takes the cake) in the USA.

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