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Here is the latest construction update provided to the coast guard:

Tunnel Work Continues in Government Cut, Miami, AICW Statute Mile 1089

Watson Island and Government Cut inlet joins the AICW just north of the Miami River.
FLORIDA-MIAMI HARBOR-WATSON ISLAND-GOVERNMENT CUT-MIAMI MAIN CHANNEL: Port of Miami Tunnel Project Week 02/12
Nicholson Construction Company will be continuing with drilling and grouting operations in Government Cut along Watson Island on Monday, January 16, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of three drilling and grouting barges and one service barge.
Then on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, January 27, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge. Both operations will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel. This is a change in
location and the open channel width will now be 300ft . Mariners are advised to observe the “NO WAKE” through the area as it is extremely critical to the safety of all the barge personnel. For further information contact the Construction Manager, Mr. Larry Goff 412-848-0917 or the Marine Superintendent, Mr. Mike Rodriguez 772-643-7575. Chart 11467
grouting barges and one service barge.
Then on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, January 27, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of
four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge.
Both operations will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel. This is a change in
location and the open channel width will now be 300ft . Mariners are advised to observe the “NO WAKE” through the area as it is extremely critical
to the safety of all the barge personnel. For further information contact the Construction Manager, Mr. Larry Goff 412-848-0917 or the Marine
Superintendent, Mr. Mike Rodriguez 772-643-7575
grouting barges and one service barge.
Then on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, January 27, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of
four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge.
Both operations will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel. This is a change in
location and the open channel width will now be 300ft . Mariners are advised to observe the “NO WAKE” through the area as it is extremely critical
to the safety of all the barge personnel. For further information contact the Construction Manager, Mr. Larry Goff 412-848-0917 or the Marine
Superintendent, Mr. Mike Rodriguez 772-643-7575
grouting barges and one service barge.
Then on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1700 with continuous operations through Friday, January 27, 2012 at 0200. This operation will consist of
four drilling and grouting barges and one service barge.
Both operations will be set up and spudded down from Watson Island and extending approximately 684ft into the channel. This is a change in
location and the open channel width will now be 300ft . Mariners are advised to observe the “NO WAKE” through the area as it is extremely critical
to the safety of all the barge personnel. For further information contact the Construction Manager, Mr. Larry Goff 412-848-0917 or the Marine
Superintendent, Mr. Mike Rodriguez 772-643-7575

35 Comments

  1. langbro

    February 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

    Pretty cool photo gallery: Reporters were allowed in to view the tunnel, 45ft under ground

    The wheels at the rear of the boring machine make it possible for the machine to move along as it digs a tunnel deeper and deeper toward the port. When the drilling started, the machine rested on tracks. These tracks were replaced in favor of these special wheels which are capable carrying a 52,000 ton load.

    Currently, the Port of Miami tunnel is still under the MacArthur Causeway and has not reached the water. A worker heads toward the front of the tunnel boring machine to perform maintenance work.

    Workers climb the ladder at the rear of the Port of Miami tunnel boring machine to perform maintenance work Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

    Tunnel Boring Machine engineers monitor the boring machine affectionately called “Harriet” in the control room during maintenance work Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

    Workers aboard a small transport vehicle head toward the tunnel boring machine to perform maintenance work Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at the Port of Miami tunnel construction site on Watson Island

    full article and video: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/06/2629900/underground-miami-a-voyage-to.html

  2. langbro

    February 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    where are all the tunnel naysayers now?: Harriet, the Tunnel Boring Machine digging the twin tunnels under Biscayne Bay, has now excavated over 700 feet since November 2011!…

  3. langbro

    February 12, 2012 at 6:04 am

  4. bigswinging

    February 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Arquitectonica sucks.

    These renderings look OK, but the finished product is usually dramatically different when arquitectonica is involved.

    Also, when they say:

    Fort-Brescia said his design team also faced additional constraints: MAT and FDOT wanted an imposing design, but nothing so dramatic as to distract motorists approaching the tunnel entryways.

    “There was a concern about the building calling too much attention to itself,’’ he told the committee. “We tried to do something with some artistry without being explosive. It’s not a structure where you want people stopping to take pictures.’’


    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/10/2635451/grand-entryways-approved-for-new.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

    Why not something dramatic? This is a prime location right in front of downtown! Is anyone worrying about the grand bridges in NY and elsewhere distracting motorists?

  5. yellows2k

    February 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Agree with the above.

    Also, this week a project official told Miami Today that the project remains on budget and on time for a May 2014 opening.

    The drill will emerge after digging the first tunnel this summer on dodge island. It will then go back under to dig the second tunnel and re-emerge on Watson Island in May 2013.

  6. yellows2k

    March 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Port of Miami tunnel boring machine approaching Government Cut

    By Alfonso Chardy

    [EMAIL]achardy@ElNuevoHerald.com[/EMAIL]

    The machine boring the tunnel to the Port of Miami is approaching an important milestone on its underground journey from Watson Island.

    After four months of excavation from the median of the MacArthur Causeway, the machine on Wednesday approached the water’s edge, where it will begin burrowing under Government Cut, the channel used by cruise ships to dock at port terminals.

    “We’re a quarter of the way into the tunnel,” said Chris Hodgkins, vice president of Miami Access Tunnel, the multinational firm building the $1 billion facility. “We’ve gone underneath the MacArthur Causeway and we’re heading over to Government Cut.”

    Harriet, as the boring machine is called, operates 20 hours a day, stopping for maintenance between 7 and 11 a.m.

    The machine, which drills at a rate of 20 feet per day, began boring Nov. 11 and has completed 1,245 feet of tunnel. It is expected to finish the first 4,200-foot tunnel tube over the summer. Then it will be turned around and take another six months to bore the second tube back to Watson Island.

    Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/14/2693620_port-of-miami-tunnel-boring-machine.html#storylink=addthis#storylink=cpy

  7. langbro

    March 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    video of port miami tunnel construction

  8. Afi K. James

    March 25, 2012 at 12:57 am

    This is gonna be interesting.

  9. yellows2k

    May 4, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Check out this video from sunrise this morning.

    You can see that crews are literally working around the clock on this project

  10. sandman

    May 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

    The tunnel seems to be making good progress.

    Every day more of those precast forms are disappearing underground.

  11. sandman

    May 22, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Latest update provided today:

    Chris Hodgkins, vice president of Miami Access Tunnel (MAT), the multinational in charge of boring the tunnel, said 53 percent of the first tube from Watson Island to the port has been completed, and the tunnel-boring machine is expected to arrive on the port side of the harbor in July. By September, he said, the tunnel-boring machine will be turned around and begin digging the second tube from the port to Watson Island.

    Once finished, the tunnel will consist of two tubes where workers will build two two-lane roads that will carry cargo trucks and other traffic between the MacArthur Causeway and the port without clogging downtown surface roads. Construction is on schedule and will be finished in the spring of 2014, Hodgkins said.

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/21/2811000/new-portmiami-rail-link-is-right.html

  12. bigswinging

    May 23, 2012 at 1:00 am

    sandman, post: 931, member: 1 wrote:

    the tunnel-boring machine is expected to arrive on the port side of the harbor in July.

    Nice. Hopefully there is a nice party at the port in July when the boring machine emerges.

  13. yellows2k

    June 5, 2012 at 4:01 am

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/04/2833022/a-deeper-look-into-the-port-miami.html

    Posted on Mon, Jun. 04, 2012
    A deeper look into the Port Miami tunnel project

    By Alfonso Chardy
    [EMAIL]achardy@ElNuevoHerald.com[/EMAIL]

    [COLOR=#777777]Roberto Koltun / El Nuevo Herald


    Christopher Hodgkins, vice president of Mat Concessionaire LLC, talks to reporters on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

    Hodgkins said the tunnel boring machine is getting close to the port, after completing 57 percent of the drilling of the project’s first segment. This phase is likely to conclude in July when the tunnel boring machine is expected to break out at the port. Boring of the second segment, another tunnel tube in the opposite direction, will begin in September, he said.[/COLOR]

  14. yellows2k

    June 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    VIDEO: Emergency drill held at Port Miami tunnel site

    Port tunnel to open in 2014

    Published On: Jun 14 2012 05:28:03 PM EDT Updated On: Jun 14 2012 07:43:21 PM EDT

    MIAMI -
    An emergency drill simulating what would happen if workers got trapped in the Port Miami tunnel drilling site was held Thursday.

    Every day, hundreds of construction workers are pushing the Port Miami tunnel project closer to completion. At its deepest point, the tunnel is 120 feet under Government Cut, and it is already 4,000 feet across, stretching from
    Interstate 395 to Dodge Island.
    PHOTOS: Emergency drill at Port Miami tunnel site

    The construction phase is expected to last another year and a half. The tunnel is set to open in late 2014.

  15. yellows2k

    June 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Construction Worker Hurt In Port Tunnel Accident


    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A construction worker taking part in the construction of the Miami Port Tunnel was lifted from the tunnel by crane Tuesday, then taken to the hospital for treatment after a compressed air cylinder apparently burst inside the tunnel.

    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/06/19/construction-worker-hurt-in-port-tunnel-accident/

    .

  16. yellows2k

    June 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Update; it was not an explosion, just a clamp that came loose. Minor injury:

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/19/2857857/portmiami-tunnel-worker-injured.html

  17. Brickellite

    June 20, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Wow, 4 was sensationalist and MH told the real story. Ironic

  18. yellows2k

    June 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    The TV stations in Miami usually sensationalize stories, much more than the newspapers do.

  19. yellows2k

    July 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    The PortMiami Tunnel project has been included in [COLOR=#1e79e9][COLOR=#000000]KPMG International’s[/COLOR][/COLOR]Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition,” a report of the world’s most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects.

  20. langbro

    July 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Boring of the first tunnel is nearly complete. The tunnel should emerge at the port in late July or early August.

    Officials also reiterated that there will be no tolls to use the tunnel.

  21. bigswinging

    July 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Travel channel video where they take you inside the Port Miami Tunnel construction:
    http://www.travelchannel.com/video/one-inch-at-a-time

  22. Afi K. James

    July 17, 2012 at 1:28 am

    bigswinging, post: 1500, member: 5 wrote: Travel channel video where they take you inside the Port Miami Tunnel construction:
    http://www.travelchannel.com/video/one-inch-at-a-time

    Nice.

  23. yellows2k

    July 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The tunnel is now complete! Where are the naysayers?

    (at least the first tunnel)

    The boring machine is expected to break through at the port and complete the first tunnel at 10AM on Tuesday July 31 2012.

  24. langbro

    July 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    waiting for the port tunnel machine to break through…. any minute now

  25. langbro

    July 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    here she is:

  26. langbro

    August 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    video of the tunnel breaking through… you can see the workers crawling out of the machine at the end

  27. bigswinging

    August 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    amazing machine – largest in the usa…… we should be tunneling all over miami with that thing

  28. yellows2k

    September 19, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Digging of the second tunnel will begin on October 19.

    The project remains on schedule and within budget.

    http://miamitodaynews.com/news/120920/story5.shtml

  29. yellows2k

    September 24, 2012 at 3:08 am

  30. langbro

    October 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    yellows2k, post: 1996, member: 8 wrote: Digging of the second tunnel will begin on October 19.

    Yes, it looks like digging for the second tunnel is underway.

  31. bigswinging

    December 16, 2012 at 3:43 am

    City of Miami and Omni CRA successfully refinance Tunnel Loan. http://www.miamigov.com/home/docs/Headlines/2012/12-Refinance_Tunnel_Loan.pdf

  32. langbro

    March 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Digging of the second tunnel is now 60% complete. Construction remains on schedule.

  33. langbro

    April 25, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Via @portmiami

    Almost Done! The dig portion of the Port Tunnel is now 90% complete. Stay tuned for a finish date when Harriet, the giant boring machine, returns to the mainland marking the conclusion of the most challenging portion of this mammoth construction project. — at Under Biscayne Bay’s Government Cut.

  34. langbro

    May 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Video: watch Harriett break through from second tunnel, drilling now complete for both tunnels:

    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/05/06/massive-drill-finishes-westbound-tunnel-at-port-miami/

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