The PortMiami tunnel has won the top honor in transportation projects.
Meanwhile, the people’s choice award went to another major Florida transportation project: the reconstruction of I-595, which included the addition of reversible toll express lanes in central Broward County.
Both projects are among the most expensive in Florida transportation history. The tunnel cost $1 billion and 595 cost $1.8 billion. The price tags include maintenance and operations over a number of years.
The awards were announced by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials (AASHTO), AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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The grand prize and people’s choice awards include $10,000 cash each to be used for charity or to support a transportation-related scholarship program of the agency’s choosing. Both projects were overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation.
“We are used to, in Miami-Dade County, building world-class infrastructure as has been recognized at the port tunnel that just won a national award for the best infrastructure project,” said Javier Rodríguez, executive director of Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX).
Alfonso Chardy : 305-376-3435, @AlfonsoChardy