It has taken months to prepare for the drilling of the Miami Port Tunnel, but on Thursday the drilling is expected to begin.
The drilling of the Miami Port Tunnel was expected to begin in the coming days, a spokeswoman with the company in charge of the project said Thursday.
"The machine is turned on and running but the process of drilling on the ground has not begun and we're expected to start within the next couple of days, as soon as everything is in place," said Denise Pojomovsky, spokeswoman for MAT Concessionaire LLC. The company holds the contract with the Florida Department of Transportation to build, design, finance, maintain, and operate the project.
Pojomovsky said there was no specific reason the drilling didn't begin on Thursday as many had expected.
"We are just preparing everything," she said.
The tunnel will connect the MacArthur Causeway to Dodge Island. A giant tunnel boring machine will be used to cut through the rock and soil.
It is expected to improve the flow of traffic my removing trucks from the streets of downtown Miami.
For safety reasons, only essential personnel will be on site for the start of digging, according to project officials. The tunnel is expected to be completed by March 2014.