So, remember when the county told us that the Port Of Miami (or PortMiami) tunnel was slated to open between May 15-19. Well, obviously that date has come and gone and we still have no tunnel that’s open to the public. There’s word of loose bolts, faulty ventilation fans and a small but embarrassing leak. All the problems are minor and will be fixed without issues. But they are time consuming to perfect.
The problems aren’t really dangerous, the Miami Herald reports. Two of the tunnel’s 44 huge jet engine ventilation fans were disabled by unexplained vibrations, and the bolts holding them to the sealing also failed. The leak, meanwhile, is from a rainwater pipe
“We’re not talking about the bay flooding the tunnel,” Gus Pego, Miami-Dade’s senior FDOT official, told the newspaper. “Think of it as the pipe under your sink.”
But the delays are an embarrassment, and they threaten to shake public confidence in the massive infrastructure project.
“The whole project team is disappointed,” Pego said. “The contract called for it to be done May 19, and we were fully expecting to open it then.”
The good news (if you want to call it that), is that taxpayers are not paying for the delay and instead the Paris based contractor Bouygues is coughing up the $115,000 a day ($3 million so far) for not having the project done on time.
No new grand opening date has been set as of yet.
Source: Miami New Times