CBS4 News has learned the opening of the PortMiami Tunnel has been delayed because of the failure of jet fans intended to keep air circulating and toxic fumes from accumulating in the underground passage.
After decades of planning and four years of construction, the PortMiami Tunnel will soon be open for travel.
Locals are slated to gather for the PortMiami Tunnel dedication ceremony on Monday, May 18th.
The engineering gem that is the PortMiami Tunnel is poised to open by Memorial Day, just four years after construction began on the mile-long, four lane, twin tube built with the sweat equity of thousands of workers and a 3,000 ton drill named Harriett.
The PortMiami Tunnel project will soon be open to traffic after years of construction.
It’s been three months since television cameras toured the Miami Tunnel. The billion dollar underground wonder is on track to open for cargo and cruise traffic in 2014.
A milestone in the construction of the Miami Tunnel at Port Miami. Monday morning, around 8 a.m., a massive drill nicknamed Harriet broke through on Watson Island and completed the westbound tunnel.
In a few days, perhaps sometime Monday, a huge drill bit – a round, iron digging device more than four stories high – will pop out of the earth on Watson Island, completing the second leg of the Miami Tunnel, the roundtrip, underground route connecting the mainland to Port Miami.
Construction of the new $1 billion PortMiami tunnel reached a milestone Tuesday when “Harriet”, the giant tunnel boring machine digging under Government Cut, reached the halfway point.