Project History







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May 6, 2013 - Mining of the Westbound Tunnel was completed as the Tunnel Boring Machine broke out on Watson Island.  TBM was then dismantled and removed from median in MacArthur Causeway to be shipped back to Germany.

October 29, 2012 - Tunnel Boring Machine launched from Dodge Island and began mining Westbound Tunnel towards Watson Island.

July 31, 2012 - Mining of the Eastbound Tunnel was completed as the Tunnel Boring Machine broke out on Dodge island (PortMiami).

November 11, 2011 - Tunnel Boring Machine launched from Watson Island and began mining Eastbound Tunnel towards Dodge Island (PortMiami).

June 23, 2011 - Tunnel Boring Machine arrived in Miami at PortMiami.

December 14, 2010 - Bouygues Civil Works Florida (BCWF) began construction on Dodge Island (PortMiami).

May 24, 2010 - Bouygues Civil Works Florida (BCWF) began construction on Watson Island (MacArthur Causeway).

May 24, 2010 – Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) issues Notice to Proceed 2, allowing the contractor, Bouygues Civil Works Florida (BCWF), to begin construction.

October 15, 2009 – FDOT reaches Financial Close with Miami Access Tunnel (MAT) and issues Notice to Proceed for 55 month Design and Construction schedule.

September 14, 2009 – Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners (M-D BOCC) approves a measure to establish a $75 million letter of credit to meet the county’s obligation to fund the Port of Miami Tunnel (POMT) project.

June 2, 2009 – FDOT reaches Commercial Close with MAT consortium.

May 8, 2009 – FDOT authorizes replacement of Babcock & Brown with Meridiam Infrastructure as the MAT equity partner.

April 16, 2009 – FDOT announces plans to continue procurement process.

December 12, 2008 FDOT announces that an agreement with MAT will not be reached due to financial difficulties.

February 15, 2008 MAT is named the Best Value Proposer.

December 18, 2007 – M-D BOCC approves “global agreement” for the City of Miami “megaplan” that includes the POMT, Florida Marlins stadium and other projects.

December 13, 2007 – The City of Miami Commission agrees to fund a portion of project ($55 million).

October 4, 2007 – M-D BOCC agrees to fund a portion of project ($402.5 million) provided that the City of Miami also contributes a portion of the local funding.

July 24, 2007 – M-D BOCC passes POMT Resolution approving Master Agreement between M-D, City of Miami and FDOT regarding financial contributions towards the construction of the POMT.

May 2, 2007 – FDOT announces intent to select the Best Value Proposer MAT.

March 5, 2007 – FDOT receives proposals from three short-listed proposer teams, FCC Construction, Miami Access Tunnel and Miami Mobility Group.

November 1, 2006 – FDOT issues a Request for Proposals (RFP) for short-listed proposers.

October 12, 2006 – M-D BOCC passes a resolution endorsing the project and granting the County Manager permission to continue negotiations with FDOT and its partners.

October 3, 2006 – M-D BOCC hosts a POMT Workshop that is open to the public.

September 27, 2006 –Results from an FDOT-commissioned study on the economic impact of the Port of Miami are presented to County Commissioners and port stakeholders.

July 18, 2006 – A budget plan for the POMT is submitted to the M-D BOCC by the County Manager.

July 13, 2006 – An overview of the project is given to the M-D Regional Transportation Committee.

April 28, 2006 – FDOT announces short-list of qualified proposers.

March 6, 2006 – FDOT hosts a Project Information Meeting for local, national & international construction representatives to discuss the project.

February 17, 2006 – FDOT issues a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from proposers seeking to develop, design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the POMT project through a Concession Agreement.

December 5, 2005– FDOT hosts Industry Forum to examine Public-Private Partnership (PPP) opportunities.

October 2005– FDOT reassumes sponsorship of POMT Study.

June 2003–  Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) starts current POMT Re-evaluation Study to update project documents based on present conditions and examine construction methods for preferred alternative selected in original (Project Design & Environmental (PD&E) Study.

December 13, 2000  – Project receives Location and Design Concept Acceptance from Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), similar to Record of Decision.

June 12, 1996 - Public Hearing.

March 21, 1991 – At joint Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)/Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, members are informed that FDOT, FHWA, Port of Miami and City of Miami endorsed the preferred alternative, which makes  the tunnel a viable project with potential for implementation.

August 23, 1990– FDOT receives letter from City of Miami confirming that location of tunnel portal on Watson Island is consistent with development plans for Watson Island.  

July 12, 1990 - FDOT and FHWA determine the preferred alternative is a tunnel crossing diagonally under Main Channel and connecting to MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island.

October 10, 1989 – FDOT District Six begins POMT PD&E Study to evaluate cost-effective alternatives to link Port of Miami to adjacent Interstate highway system.

August 24, 1984– M-D BOCC approves Port of Miami Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which became the basis of agreement between City of Miami and County. Includes construction of 4-lane underwater/underground tunnel to provide direct access from S.R. 836/I-395 to the Port.

March 1982 – M-D Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) adopts plan recommended by POM Access Task Force, which includes tunnel alternative.

October 1981– M-D MPO Transportation Planning Committee (TPC) establishes POM Access Task Force.