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August 4, 2014 9:30 AM, EDT
Miami Port Opens Tunnel to Ease Truck Traffic
Port of Miami

A billion-dollar underwater tunnel that will give trucks leaving the port of Miami faster access to highways opened to the public Aug. 3, according to local reports.

The tunnel is open to all traffic, but the main goal is to encourage as many cargo trucks to go under Biscayne Bay to ease surface traffic downtown, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Miami Herald.

The tunnel opened four years after construction began. “It was a little bit delayed, but you know, they had to do things right,” said Gimenez.

Trucks can now drive straight to the port from Interstate 95 and state Road 95, avoiding downtown.

The tunnel is part of a $2 billion capital-improvement plan at the port, which is preparing for the larger ships that will pass through the Panama Canal after its widening is completed next year.