Helping Infrastructure Developer Communicate: Port of Miami Tunnel

Ever since the Port of Miami Tunnel (POMT) was awarded the job to build the 1.1-mile tunnel under Biscayne Bay, from I-395 to PortMIAMI, Multivision has been on the job of helping MAT Concessionaire LLC, and French contractor Bouygues Construction, to communicate information about the tunnel project to anyone that is interested in, or is affected by, the $1 billion dollar monumental project.

The tunnel is part of a dynamic expansion of PortMIAMI, and it will help alleviate heavy truck traffic in downtown Miami. A project of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), it is the biggest single public works project undertaken by the state agency.

Multivison video crews have been there from the beginning, shooting early conferences, public outreach meetings and job fairs, as employees were sought from Miami’s job-hungry construction community.

2011-06-25_12-47-01_7791-ARRIVAL-300x169Every aspect of the project has been closely followed and documented: from the groundbreaking ceremony, to the day that the $50 million dollar German tunnel boring machine (TBM) arrived at Watson Island from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and into continued construction.

Throughout the project Multivision has kept a record of the ongoing progress from day one. The Miami-Dade County Girl Scouts Troop named the TBM Harriet.

View_of_TBM_Cutterhead_and_Tunnel_Workers_Exiting_Machine-300x224The amazing machine and its crew started digging their way down and across government cut on a journey to PortMIAMI.

Says Chris Hodgkins, Vice President of MAT Concessionaire LLC, “Multivision has been with us each step of the way.”

A Phase I video was completed and shows all that went into the process, up until the TBM started its journey under the critically important waterway.

photo-11-300x224“We were also there when Harriet broke through at PortMIAMI, and the confetti went wild,” explained Multivision’s Bob Berkowitz. “It’s really exciting and great to be a part of history like this, and to be one of the first persons to gounder Government Cut and into the port.”

photo-21-225x300Now, as the TBM makes its final 1-mile trip back to I-395, Multivision crews are following it all the way, and will be there when construction of the tunnel is scheduled to be completed, and will be subsequently opened to traffic in May of 2014.


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