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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Port of Miami tunnel-boring machine is fired up

Al Diaz Photo / The Miami Herald Staff
BY ANDRES VIGLUCCI
AVIGLUCCI@MIAMIHERALD.COM
The mammoth earth-boring machine has been fired up, its systems tested and all is go to start drilling the $1 billion Port of Miami tunnel, project officials said Tuesday.
A day after receiving the final environmental permit from state regulators, Miami Access Tunnel, the project concessionaire, set the start of drilling for Thursday. Although they had initially set it for Wednesday upon receiving the state permit on Monday, MAT officials said they needed another day to ready the $45 million machine.
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Al Diaz Photo / The Miami Herald Staff
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