Miami Commissioner Renews Push For Brickell Tunnel

Miami’s leaders continue to push for a tunnel under the Miami River as downtown traffic continues to deteriorate.

The idea has been discussed for at least fifteen years.

Last week, Miami commissioner Francis Suarez made a presentation to a board meeting of the Downtown Development Authority, according to Miami Today. Suarez reportedly claimed that the Brickell Avenue bridge opens more than 26,000 times per year (or 72 times a day).

The area surrounding the bridge is likely the most economically productive in Florida, with a high concentration of offices, residents and retail. The marine traffic causing the bridge openings are mostly cheap exports to the Caribbean or pleasure craft.

DDA board members are said to have agreed with Suarez, and the commissioner is pushing for local and national politicians to join the effort.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)