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- Dec 28, 2019
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- Oxnard, California
- Toyota Avalon, Chrysler Pacifica PHEV, Ford E-250
- Retired Sheet Metal Worker
As a retired guy (construction junkie) with time on my hands, I was Very interested in rumors of Tesla buying land in Texas. Originally there were rumors of a different location that wasn't as large but what I thought was a perfect location. It even had access to build a train siding. So, when this location next to the Colorado River was confirmed by Elon, and I went on Google Earth and saw the location, I was not impressed. Exactly the same reaction as you are stating. But, when I took Googles history tool and looked at that land before the freeway was built, it made more sense. That was good land before they started digging it all up. It was all good bottom land, and actually, they moved dirt to raise the freeway. I still have some reservations, as you are saying, about possible flooding. But hopefully they've got it all accounted for. Here's an image I grabbed off of Google Earth from 2001.Construction junkie too.
Rarely does a construction size facilitate production(i.e. qty/da). It was just a beyond humungous task!
It was the water table, perched water and fill on-site that caught my attention. The low elevation of the ground below the freeway, creek traversing the site(read drainage) and the timeline hit to lift(raise in elevation) and backfill(dewatering and dirt fill) added to the overall time-to-completion.
My concern continues that the site remains at-risk to rain, runoff flooding and underground water that impacts the operational status of Tesla and its Austin factory production longterm.