The Real Deal Miami

Port tunnel future uncertain

June 06, 2008 10:43AM

The truck tunnel designed to lessen downtown Miami traffic by sending trucks to and from the port via Watson Island, connecting to the MacArthur Causeway and then I-395 instead of Biscayne Boulevard, is in trouble because existing public funding is no longer sufficient to complete the project. The European contractor, Miami Access Tunnel Consortium, set its initial tunnel price, but with rising costs forced organization and the state into negotiations to re-examine the process and pricing. It is now expected to cost the city $88 million, up from a previous estimate of $50 million. It is now expected to cost the state $457 million and the county $402 million.