Musk offers to build tunnels under wet, flood-prone Miami

Elon Musk tweeted that his project will “solve traffic and set an example for the world”. (AFP photo)

MIAMI: While the world eagerly awaited the US president’s inauguration, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had more pressing issues at hand He shared tweets with the Major in Miami about building a tunnel system under Florida City.

Other mayors seemed excited about Musk’s Boring Company’s potential project, but many Florida residents were quick to point out how shallow the water table is in the southern marshes of the state.

“Cars and trucks stuck in traffic generate megatons of toxic gases and particles, but the boringcompany road tunnels under Miami will solve the traffic and set an example for the world,” the technology mogul tweeted Monday, adding that he discussed the project with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis last week.

Musk was responding to a tweet from Miami Mayor Frances Suarez, inviting her to the city to discuss “potential solutions for our future.”

“If the governor and the mayor want to do it, we will do it,” Musk wrote in a tweet.

Miami County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava tweeted, “Let’s talk,” and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantales said his city, too, “would love to be part of this debate.”

The exchange comes amid a bid by Suarez to attract investors and technology developers in Silicon Valley to Miami.

But many were skeptical of digging tunnels in marshy lands that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.

“It doesn’t sound very smart and it’s definitely going to be expensive,” Curtis Gourley, a professor of structural engineering at the University of Florida, told CBS Miami.

There’s a reason Florida residents don’t build cellars to protect from hurricanes, even though storms rage in the area.

“Aquaman should be the project manager,” Wilkine Brutus, a NPR reporter, joked on Twitter.

“This is perhaps the most important and innovative human alive today, but someone has to explain to him the geology of Florida before some incredibly stupid nonsense happens,” says Michael Grunwald, a Florida correspondent for Politico.

Florida is located on a porous limestone plateau with many open or subterranean channels, and is prone to flooding and sinkholes. Cavities that appear suddenly due to erosion of ground water.

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