Miami’s Port Tunnel has met and passed its first hurricane challenge.
Miami Access Tunnel Chief Executive Officer Christopher Hodgkins told The Next Miami that the tunnel reopened to traffic at 10:28 am Tuesday morning and is fully functional. Hodgkins said he was happy that the tunnel performed as designed.
55-ton metal flood gates with a rubber gasket seal secured the tunnel during the storm. Those gates only take 19 minutes to open and close, and they were already back open Tuesday. An assessment and system analysis was required due to the hurricane, and the green light was given to traffic Tuesday morning following completion.