The long-awaited PortMiami tunnel will finally open to traffic at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The opening follows two months of testing on fans and other systems in the tunnel.
It also comes almost three months after a large public ceremony, including Governor Rick Scott, was held to mark the tunnel’s opening.
The company in charge of the construction, Paris-based Bouygues, will end up paying approximately $9 million in penalties for the delay.
According to the Miami Herald, the tunnel is “expected to pull 16,000 port-bound vehicles a day off Miami’s downtown streets by routing them onto the MacArthur Cuaseway and then under Biscayne Bay for three-quarters of a mile.”
The tunnel will have two lanes in each direction connecting the airport and interstate highway directly to PortMiami.
Cruise and cargo traffic will have access to the tunnel and the tunnel will have restrictions of 15 feet height, width of 8 feet-6 inches, and no placard and hazmat cargo are allowed inside.