Elon Musk Willing to Spend More Money on Widening of 405 Freeway
April 26, 2013 7:28 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
The Los Angeles Times
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Put his money were his mouth is
5/7/2013 1:52:57 PM
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
5/14/2013 11:27:50 AM
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.
"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
Honda, University of Tokyo Create Preventative Traffic Jam System
April 30, 2012, 9:33 PM
MIT Works to Solve Traffic Jam Problem
June 10, 2009, 11:06 AM
Latest By Tiffany Kaiser
China to Require Real Names for Chat Apps
August 8, 2014, 8:28 PM
Quick Note: Windows Phone Store Surpasses 300,000 Apps
August 8, 2014, 12:30 PM
Google, Yahoo Working Together on Encrypted Email Tool
August 8, 2014, 7:23 AM
Edward Snowden's New Residence Permit Allows Another 3 Years in Russia
August 7, 2014, 2:41 PM
T-Mobile Beats Sprint in Prepaid Subscriber Numbers, John Legere Ribs New Sprint CEO
August 7, 2014, 11:55 AM
Microsoft Surface Losses Total $676M USD for FY2014; Will Launch in 25 Additional Markets
August 6, 2014, 1:07 PM
Quick Note: Microsoft Giving Nokia 630s to Employees Laid Off in China
August 6, 2014, 1:03 PM
Ten Apple Products Cut From China's Procurement List
August 6, 2014, 11:45 AM
Xiaomi Passes Samsung, Lenovo in China's Q2 Smartphone Shipments
August 5, 2014, 1:50 PM
Texas Chosen as Site for SpaceX's First Commercial Launchpad
August 5, 2014, 1:44 PM
Study Predicts Self-Driving Vehicles Could Rake in Billions
March 6, 2015, 8:34 AM
Dual-Motor Tesla Model S P85D's "Insane Mode" Shocks Passengers
January 28, 2015, 11:18 PM
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Packs 640 hp Punch with 200 mph Reach
January 23, 2015, 3:25 PM
BMW Testing Tech to Allow Users to Auto-Park, Summon Cars Via Smartwatch
December 16, 2014, 9:30 AM
Lamborghini Offers Up $6,000 Leather-Bound Android Smartphone
December 12, 2014, 3:12 PM
Quick Note: GM Teases Next Generation Chevrolet Volt
November 20, 2014, 3:26 PM
Most Popular Articles
America's Largest Cable Company, Comcast, Sees Internet Subscriptions Pass TV
May 4, 2015, 2:46 PM
Oculus Rift and Compatible Gaming Rig Will Likely Cost $1,000 or More
May 15, 2015, 3:50 PM
Can id Software's Doom Find Its Way Out of a 7+ Year Development Hell?
May 19, 2015, 7:38 PM
Microsoft Bricks the Xbox Ones of Gears of War Testers Responsible for Leaks
May 14, 2015, 5:26 PM
Oculus Rift Confirms "Pause" in OS X, Linux Development, Some Devs are Mad
May 18, 2015, 11:36 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information