Tesla Gets Its Own Road In Texas

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Tesla really is taking over the Lone Star state.

Harold Green Road in Travis County, Texas will soon be known as Tesla Road to aid the electric car maker in solidifying its presence in the area with its new Gigafactory, where products such as the Model 3 will now be built. This unanimous approval was granted by the Travis County Commissioners Court earlier this week. This decision comes just weeks after it was reported that a new sign with the words Tesla Road was spotted on an Exit of the highway.

Harold Green Road was named after a local dairy farmer, rancher, homebuilder, and tennis enthusiast in 1976. This icon to the county passed away in 1992. The $1.1 billion factory, which will now be located at 13101 Tesla Road, will be found off State Highway 45 and US 130. It's also stated that if you search for Harold Green Road on Google Maps, the new name will be reflected.

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The Tesla Gigafactory does not yet have an official opening date but the grand opening is imminent as officials of the county have confirmed that the facility has earned its certificates of completion. Tesla previously announced that it would be moving its headquarters from California to Austin in early December. Company CEO Elon Musk hinted that factory tours could commence by early this year.

As for the aforementioned sign, Austin American-Statesman reports that the new board, found on Exit 446, went up before the official name change. This was constructed by the Texas Department of Transportation, which had actioned this due to a miscommunication between the appointed agency and Travis County.

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Brad Wheelis, a TxDOT public information officer said: "TxDOT, Travis County, and Tesla have been in constant communication about infrastructure during construction of the factory off of Harold Green Road. As the result of a miscommunication, the Tesla Road signs were placed on SH 130 before the county officially signed off. TxDOT will await direction from the county regarding the signage and name change."

With the arrival of the Tesla Gigafactory, it is understood that 15,000 new jobs will be created. Furthermore, prominent Texan businesses are expected to benefit via a predicted trickle-down effect. It is also noted that 50 new companies will be migrating to Texas to maintain a short and efficient supply chain.

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