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Virginia officials mandate boring for $3B Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

Despite all of the advances in tunnel boring technology, Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. is attempting to up the industry’s game. The company’s stated goal is to be able to increase machine speed and efficiency and cut tunneling costs by a factor of 10.

The Boring Co. suggests tunneling machines can be made to go faster by increasing the machines’ power threefold; continuously tunneling rather than stopping to erect support structures; automating tunnel boring machines and replacing diesel locomotives with electric ones.

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