Port Miami Tunnel Marks First Month Of Operation

It has been a month since the official opening of the Port Miami Tunnel and already the project has proven to be a success. Vehicular traffic is flowing smoothly through downtown Miami, pedestrians are safer, and container trucks and cruise passenger traffic are reaching final destinations faster. “The Port Miami Tunnel is an example of a strategic, public-private investment that enhances the competitiveness of the port by expediting the flow of both container and cruise related traffic into and out of the port while alleviating traffic in the downtown urban core,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The benefits that the tunnel has brought to our community and downtown Miami are numerous, and I am very pleased to see such success in its first month of operations.” The Port Miami Tunnel, which opened to vehicles on Aug. 3, was a project decades in the making. Every day, the tunnel removes thousands of vehicles from Miami’s downtown streets as it carries cargo and non-cargo traffic on a toll-free route direct to the port, bypassing downtown and without crossing a single traffic signal. “The Port Tunnel project is the culmination of an effort that took many years and partners to complete,” said Juan M. Kuryla, Port Miami director. “The new direct access to the interstate highway system boosts Port Miami’s competitive advantage, while eliminating traffic congestion off downtown Miami streets. It’s a win,” he added. “The first month of operations at the Port Miami Tunnel has exceeded the expectations of many,” said Chris Hodgkins, CEO of MAT Concessionaire, the consortium that oversaw tunnel construction and is overseeing operations. “Cargo traffic...