Workers finish drilling PortMiami tunnel Monday

By Ben Kennedy, Reporter, bkennedy@Local10.com
Published On: May 06 2013 06:20:06 AM EDT
Updated On: May 07 2013 10:20:15 AM EDT

A giant drill named Harriet breaks through to Watson Island, officially finishing the drilling of the PortMiami tunnel.

MIAMI -

Workers finished drilling a tunnel Monday that connects PortMiami's Dodge Island to Watson Island.

The tunnel  has already dug through thousands of feet of rock which will turn into an underground road.

The tunnel is a one billion dollar project, that once complete will connect the MacArthur Causeway to Dodge Island and make a direct link from seaport to highway. Monday's breakthrough completes 18 months of boring of two parallel tunnels, 120 feet under Government Cut.

This will allow cargo trucks easy access to ships and avoid driving through Downtown Miami.

The entire project is expected to open for traffic in summer 2014.

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