Governor Scott Celebrates Completion of Tunnel Project at PortMiami

Today, Governor Rick Scott was joined by federal, state and local officials to celebrate the completion of the Port of Miami Tunnel. Once open to traffic, the two dedicated lanes in each direction will connect Miami International Airport and I-95 directly to PortMiami, while removing much of the traffic congestion in and around downtown Miami.

Governor Scott said, “The Port of Miami Tunnel was finished on time and soon will provide relief to the families of Miami-Dade and all of the visitors to this area who travel to and from PortMiami and in the downtown area around it. As we work to create even more jobs for the next generation, investing in our ports is key to our success. Florida ports already generate more than 680,000 direct and indirect jobs and more than $96 billion in total economic value, and those opportunities are going to continue to multiply. We are here today to celebrate all of the opportunities the Port of Miami Tunnel will bring to the state.”

The driving force behind building a tunnel was two-fold: the ever-increasing need to upgrade and modernize PortMiami, the second-largest economic engine in Miami-Dade County, and the traffic congestion in downtown Miami caused by trucks going to and from the port.

Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera said, “During my years in the Florida Legislature, I watched this tunnel evolve from a rendering to an engineering marvel. I am proud to say that we now have a new world-class tunnel in Florida that will go a long way toward easing traffic congestion and improving air quality and safety for all motorists.”

The tunnel at PortMiami is the largest bored tunnel for soft ground in the U.S. to date. The tunnel creates an additional access to PortMiami, which in addition to traffic relief, further increases the port’s already competitive standing. It will also ensure the port’s ability to handle the projected growth in both its cruise and cargo operations. It increases the opportunities for international commerce and opens up the possibility of new jobs for Miami-Dade County and all of South Florida.

Florid Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “This project is an excellent example of a successful Public-Private Partnership. The completion of the Port of Miami Tunnel project is a great moment in South Florida’s transportation history and shows that game changing transportation improvements can be achieved when everyone works together.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, “I am so pleased to see the final outcome of the joint investment the county, city, state and our private partners made in PortMiami. The tunnels will improve the flow of traffic in our bustling downtown area and keep the port on its upward trajectory. I’m thankful Governor Scott recognizes the value of PortMiami to the creation of jobs and the role it plays in creating opportunities for the future of Miami and all of South Florida.”

Total project cost will be $915 million. FDOT contributed 50 percent of the capital costs with the remaining funds coming from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.

Juan Kuryla, PortMiami Director, said, “The completion of this project will only make PortMiami more competitive than it already is, and with the tunnel now complete, flow of products to and from the port will be more expedient. PortMiami is poised for continued growth. Governor Scott is right on target with his call for continued investment in Florida’s ports.”

The project was implemented through a Public-Private Partnership between FDOT and Miami Access Tunnel, LLC. Public entities also included Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami. The Private Partnerships also included Bouygues Civil Works Florida (BCWF), Transfield Services Industries (TSI); and Financing Partners, Meridiam Infrastructure, Bouygues Travaux Public with federal support from TIFIA and the Federal Highway Administration.

For more information on the Port of Miami Tunnel project, please go to: http://www.portofmiamitunnel.com/

 

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