“Harriet” Reaches End Of The Line In PortMiami Tunnel Digging Project

"Harriet", a $45 million, German-built tunneling machine is about to erupt from the westbound side of the PortMiami tunnel on Monday May, 6, 2013. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB02 "Harriet", a $45 million, German-built tunneling machine is about to erupt from the westbound side of the PortMiami tunnel on Monday May, 6, 2013. (Source: CBS4)
When Harriet reached the end of the line, the wall began to give way. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB03 When Harriet reached the end of the line, the wall began to give way. (Source: CBS4)
It took just a moment for the wall to come crumbling down (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB04 It took just a moment for the wall to come crumbling down (Source: CBS4)
Harriet began the excavation of the PortMiami tunnel in 2011. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB05 Harriet began the excavation of the PortMiami tunnel in 2011. (Source: CBS4)
That excavation came to an end when Harriet,  the gigantic digging machine, finished the second underwater traffic passage. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB07 That excavation came to an end when Harriet, the gigantic digging machine, finished the second underwater traffic passage. (Source: CBS4)
The tunnel is intended to take cargo trucks off downtown streets and send them directly from Interstate 395 to the port. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB08 The tunnel is intended to take cargo trucks off downtown streets and send them directly from Interstate 395 to the port. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet emerged at the port from the first leg of her journey from Watson Island on July 31, 2012, and was disassembled, turned around and reassembled for the return-trip excavation of the westbound tube, which began Oct. 29.  (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB09 Harriet emerged at the port from the first leg of her journey from Watson Island on July 31, 2012, and was disassembled, turned around and reassembled for the return-trip excavation of the westbound tube, which began Oct. 29. (Source: CBS4)
The machine will be disassembled and her parts will be recycled for future projects. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB10 The machine will be disassembled and her parts will be recycled for future projects. (Source: CBS4)
There was a large crowd of media mingled in with construction workers when Harriet made her final exit. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB11 There was a large crowd of media mingled in with construction workers when Harriet made her final exit. (Source: CBS4)
Soon after Harriet made it through, hundreds of workers began laying the pavement inside the tunnel. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB14 Soon after Harriet made it through, hundreds of workers began laying the pavement inside the tunnel. (Source: CBS4)
While the boring is complete, work on the project will continue until next year. Workers still must build the roads inside the tubes, each of which will have two traffic lanes. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB12 While the boring is complete, work on the project will continue until next year. Workers still must build the roads inside the tubes, each of which will have two traffic lanes. (Source: CBS4)
The tunnel is expected to open to traffic in May 2014. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB13 The tunnel is expected to open to traffic in May 2014. (Source: CBS4)
It was quite a a sight as Harriet's job reached the end of the road. (Source: CBS4)
Harriet Breaks Through PortMiami Tunnel WB15 It was quite a a sight as Harriet's job reached the end of the road. (Source: CBS4)
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