The application was filed on June 21, 2022, and although it does not specifically mention the Texas Gigafactory, the address on the application is listed as 12733 Tesla Road, which is at the north end of the complex.
Dubbed the “Colorado River Link Tunnel,” the project involves a “private access and associated improvements,” so maybe Musk wants a secret road to his giant factory. Or, he’s looking for a way to covertly travel between companies.
The Boring Company, which recently moved its headquarters to Frugerville, northeast of Austin, after raising a $675 million funding round, is said to have been in talks for certain projects in Texas. However, this is the first time Boring has submitted an application for a building permit.
The application contains little information, but it does indicate that the tunnel is about 2 miles long and is located in an area outside the city limits of Austin, but the city can still regulate its activities.
In May, The Boring received approval from the city of Kyle, south of Austin, to begin a feasibility study for an underground pedestrian tunnel there that would connect a retail development and a housing development.
Earlier this month, the Boring Company won approval to expand its tunnels under Las Vegas into a 34-mile network. This builds on the company’s “Ring Tunnel” in Las Vegas, a system of tunnels where Tesla moves people between stations to avoid surface traffic — like a subway.