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Construction Digital

April 26, 2012 13:23 ET

The Port of Miami Tunnel Project Modernizes Southern Florida's Infrastructure, in April's Construction Digital

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2012) - In what's sure to be one of many major roadway overhauls taking place in major American cities as aging and obsolete infrastructure produce headaches and draw public attention, the thriving Port of Miami is undergoing a major tunneling project to connect the economic hub directly with Southern Florida's major highway systems.

The project, with estimations from $1-2 billion, was approved in 2007, but because of the economic downturn of 2008 and the cancellation of major financial sponsors, work for the project was suspended. After intense lobbying by Mayor Carlos Alvarez, financial closing was reached in late 2009, with construction breaking ground in May of the following year.

The Miami Port Tunnel project's main function is to lighten port traffic in the downtown area by providing a direct connection from the Port of Miami to I-395 via Watson Island. With nearly 16,000 vehicles, nearly a third of which being large trucks, moving in and out of the Port every day, congestion was becoming a major issue in the downtown area -- but the project's major impetus was future-oriented around the success of the City's bustling Port.

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