MIAMI -

Workers finished drilling a tunnel Monday that connects PortMiami's Dodge Island to Watson Island.

The tunnel  has already dug through thousands of feet of rock which will turn into an underground road.

The tunnel is a one billion dollar project, that once complete will connect the MacArthur Causeway to Dodge Island and make a direct link from seaport to highway. Monday's breakthrough completes 18 months of boring of two parallel tunnels, 120 feet under Government Cut.

This will allow cargo trucks easy access to ships and avoid driving through Downtown Miami.

The entire project is expected to open for traffic in summer 2014.

PHOTOS: Drilling of PortMiami tunnel completed

Published On: May 06 2013 09:26:31 AM EDT
PHOTOS: Drilling of PortMiami tunnel completed

Local 10's Ben Kennedy joined workers at PortMiami Monday morning as a machine knocked down a wall and reached Watson Island.

Local 10 joins PortMiami workers for tunnel drilling
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Drilling of the PortMiami tunnel was completed Monday as a machine bore through to Watson Island as part of a billion dollar project to connect it to Dodge Island.