New River Tunnel

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New River Tunnel
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Overview
Official name Henry E. Kinney Tunnel
Other name(s) New River Tunnel
Location Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Status Active
Route US 1
Operation
Opened December 9, 1960
Operator FDOT
Traffic Automotive/pedestrian
Character Concrete road tunnel
Technical
Length 864 feet (263.3 m)
Number of lanes 4
Lowest elevation −35 feet (−11 m)[1]
Tunnel clearance 13.75 feet (4.19 m)
Width 24 feet (7.3 m) not counting the sidewalk

The New River Tunnel, officially known as the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel, is a highway tunnel that carries U.S. Route 1 underneath the New River and Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The tunnel replaced the Federal Aid Highway Bridge, a drawbridge opened on August 26, 1926 and closed in 1958. Upon its completion in 1960, it was the only operating public tunnel in Florida, until the completion of the Port of Miami Tunnel in 2014, though two private tunnels exist at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista.

The tunnel was built after a lengthy debate on whether to construct another bridge or a tunnel. The predecessor drawbridge operated so slowly that it sometimes took motorists 45 minutes to cross from one end of the bridge to the other, creating massive traffic jams in the heart of the city.[2]

In 1986 it was renamed in honor of Henry E. Kinney, who had advocated its construction while he was chief of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward Edition of the Miami Herald.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 1960s: Swinging Sixties bring Spring Breakers and broken barriers". Sun Sentinel. March 18, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-10. 
  2. ^ "KidZone-Henry E. Kinney Tunnel". Florida State Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 

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