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Monday, May 24, 2010

Drill Baby Drill!!!

No...not in the ocean for oil, but closer to home. There's a massive underwater tunnel about to be started from the Port of Miami to McArthur Causeway. I'm sure 99% of you won't even care, but I grew up about a mile from the Port, so I'll be keeping an eye on this little project. Instead of BIM, maybe they'll just use SWIM. It's sure to be an interesting project.

Port of Miami tunnel construction set to begin - Miami-Dade Breaking News
   This is the type of tunnel boring machine that will be used to excavate  the Port of Miami tunnel.

This is the type of tunnel boring machine that will be used to excavate the Port of Miami tunnel.
El Nuevo Herald File Photo


Preliminary construction on the tunnel to the Port of Miami under Biscayne Bay is scheduled to begin Monday, although the four-year, $1 billion project should not affect traffic for some time.

Construction crews were set to start work on a new frontage road on Watson Island, but the MacArthur Causeway should not be impacted during the Memorial Day weekend, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

The controversial plan survived yet another challenge last week, as Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower and Florida Department of Transportation officials resolved their differences on where to start excavating the tunnel.

At last month's meeting of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, Bower had urged FDOT to switch the start of excavation to the port side instead of Watson Island in order to avoid disrupting traffic to South Beach.

But Thursday, Bower no longer insisted on her prior proposal, and instead praised state transportation officials for meeting with Miami Beach residents and business leaders to assuage traffic concerns.

Completion is now scheduled for spring 2014.

Thousands of cargo trucks are expected to use the tunnel, easing traffic congestion downtown.

Currently, trucks meander through downtown streets to get to the port from Interstate 395. The tunnel will provide the first direct expressway link between the port and I-395, which connects directly to the MacArthur Causeway.


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