Exclusive Port Miami Tunnel Tour

Changing Shoes.  Steel toe shoes are on hand for all visitors to the site.  I was delighted to see they had size 13 skis in stock for me! (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel1 Changing Shoes. Steel toe shoes are on hand for all visitors to the site. I was delighted to see they had size 13 skis in stock for me! (Credit: David Sutta)
Construction crews are now lining the tunnels with flame retardant siding should a car or truck catch fire.  While concrete doesn’t burn it can melt.  These panels are supposed to prevent fires from burning the tunnel extensively. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel9 Construction crews are now lining the tunnels with flame retardant siding should a car or truck catch fire. While concrete doesn’t burn it can melt. These panels are supposed to prevent fires from burning the tunnel extensively. (Credit: David Sutta)
Taking it in. Photographer Raphael Murciano and Reporter David Sutta in the middle of the tunnel.  Right about them, about 120 feet up, are 4 cruise ships. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel8 Taking it in. Photographer Raphael Murciano and Reporter David Sutta in the middle of the tunnel. Right about them, about 120 feet up, are 4 cruise ships. (Credit: David Sutta)
Updating Emergency Exit.  Another emergency exit being outfitted.  There will one every 450 feet. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel7 Updating Emergency Exit. Another emergency exit being outfitted. There will one every 450 feet. (Credit: David Sutta)
We’re in deep…. Porta-Potty’s 120 feet below the surface.  Construction crews are using the facilities about 12 stories below all the cruise ships in the Port Miami. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel6 We’re in deep…. Porta-Potty’s 120 feet below the surface. Construction crews are using the facilities about 12 stories below all the cruise ships in the Port Miami. (Credit: David Sutta)
Sweating the shot.  Photographer Raphael Murciano hangs his camera off the side of a bobcat to get low video of the tunnel while moving. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel5 Sweating the shot. Photographer Raphael Murciano hangs his camera off the side of a bobcat to get low video of the tunnel while moving. (Credit: David Sutta)
Emergency Exit.  This exit was carved out in the last few days.  Eventually the area will be used for emergency exits along with electrical and plumbing support. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel4 Emergency Exit. This exit was carved out in the last few days. Eventually the area will be used for emergency exits along with electrical and plumbing support. (Credit: David Sutta)
Almost a Mile.  The tunnels are about 200 feet shy of a mile each.  They stand 43 feet tall, below 42 feet of earth and 41 feet of cean.  It took 13 months to dig them. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel2 Almost a Mile. The tunnels are about 200 feet shy of a mile each. They stand 43 feet tall, below 42 feet of earth and 41 feet of cean. It took 13 months to dig them. (Credit: David Sutta)
To dig emergency exits brine was pumped into the earth between the two tunnels.  The negative 22 degree brine froze the limestone and surrounding water.  They then dig it out after 30 to 60 days. (Credit: David Sutta)
tunnel3 To dig emergency exits brine was pumped into the earth between the two tunnels. The negative 22 degree brine froze the limestone and surrounding water. They then dig it out after 30 to 60 days. (Credit: David Sutta)
Drivers passing by the tunnel can see huge entrances being built on both tunnels.  They will be outfitted with 50 ton steel doors that can close with a category three storm or higher approaching.  The tunnel is expected to stay dry regardless of storm surge. (Source: David Sutta)
tunnel10 Drivers passing by the tunnel can see huge entrances being built on both tunnels. They will be outfitted with 50 ton steel doors that can close with a category three storm or higher approaching. The tunnel is expected to stay dry regardless of storm surge. (Source: David Sutta)
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