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Tunnel opens, giving cargo trucks direct route to PortMiami

Miami Times staff report | 5/21/2014, 2:56 p.m.

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Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County

Amid fanfare and speeches, dignitaries from the state, county and city governments joined hundreds of workers and residents Monday to open the new $1 billion PortMiami Tunnel downtown.

The dedication capped three decades of planning and construction for the tunnel, which provide the first direct link for cargo trucks from expressways to the port. Once the tunnel is fully open, trucks will be able to enter it from the median of the eastbound MacArthur causeway and emerge at the port between the cargo harbor and the cruise ship terminal. Today, trucks heading to the port must meander through downtown Miami streets.

Government leaders who helped dedicate the tunnel Monday included Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. The officials stressed that the tunnel and port would provide more jobs to the state.

Numerous Blacks work at the port as longshoremen, service workers and customer service representatives.