PORTMIAMI

Miami Herald readers choose a name for PortMiami tunnel in unofficial contest

 

More than 300 readers responded when asked to take a shot at a name for the new tunnel.

 
Constructions workers add the finishing touches to the Portmiami Tunnel Westbound lanes on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, before the dedication of the tunnel later this month.
Constructions workers add the finishing touches to the Portmiami Tunnel Westbound lanes on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, before the dedication of the tunnel later this month.
C.M. GUERRERO / EL NUEVO HERALD

Construction on the tunnel between PortMiami and the MacArthur Causeway is finished and will soon open to traffic.

But the under-the-bay passageway needs a memorable name. So we asked readers to take a shot. More than 300 responded.

Then we picked five favorites and asked readers to vote for the winning name.

Our Top 5 (in no particular order): Magic City Tunnel, Tunnel of the Americas, Miami PortLink, Miami Portal, Watson Tunnel.

And the winner, as decreed by Miami Herald readers, is … Tunnel of the Americas.

The name, which was submitted by six contest participants, got 33.2 percent of the vote cast by a total of 741 readers.

Shout out to city leaders: We know you are under no obligation but this is a nice name. How about formally adopting it for the tunnel?

Our six winning submitters — David Abilleira, Daisy Penaloza, Fred San Millan, Alfredo Hidalgo-Gato, Sidney Smith and J. Fernandez — will receive a $50 gift card to Los Ranchos restaurant and a Miami Herald prize pack.

To view results, click here: http://hrld.us/tunnelcontest

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