Port Tunnel Declared A Great Success; Cargo Volume Up Double Digits

Miami Access Tunnel CEO told the Herald earlier this month that the PortMiami tunnel can be considered a ‘great success’ after the first year of operations.

80 percent of cargo trucks heading to the port have been using the tunnel rather than clogging downtown streets. In total, an average of 14,000 vehicles use the tunnel every day, a figure which includes cruise ship traffic.

Around 400 incidents have been logged in the tunnel – mostly accidents, along with one police chase. Despite those incidents, traffic has generally been flowing smoothly.

Construction costs for the privately built $643 million tunnel came in $90 million below budget.

Cargo traffic at the port is near record levels and has been increasing at double digit rates recently. Port officals expect that growth to continue when a dredging project is completed this month, and several cargo alliances are now in talks to establish new service.

 

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