After a year’s delay, the Florida Dept. of Transportation and a concessionaire have closed on a $900-million public-private partnership that will create a pair of 3,900-ft-long, 41-ft-dia tunnels connecting to the Port of Miami. Last month, FDOT, Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami finalized an agreement in which the concessionaire, called Miami Access Tunnel, will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the project, using its own equity to fund half. Bouygues Civil Works Florida Inc. will lead the $607-million construction portion of the job, with engineering assistance from Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, Calif. FDOT will repay the concessionaire
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.