New River Tunnel

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New River Tunnel
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Overview
Official nameHenry E. Kinney Tunnel
Other name(s)New River Tunnel
LocationFort Lauderdale, Florida
Coordinates26°07′05″N 80°08′13″W / 26.118°N 80.137°W / 26.118; -80.137Coordinates: 26°07′05″N 80°08′13″W / 26.118°N 80.137°W / 26.118; -80.137
StatusActive
Route US 1
Operation
OpenedDecember 9, 1960
OperatorFDOT
TrafficAutomotive/pedestrian
CharacterConcrete road tunnel
Technical
Length864 feet (263.3 m)
No. of lanes4
Lowest elevation−35 feet (−11 m)[1]
Tunnel clearance13.75 feet (4.19 m)
Width24 feet (7.3 m) not counting the sidewalk
Depth of tunnel below water level14 feet (4.3 m) above the tunnel at mean low water

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. Alfred Spear helped organize and capitalize the New River Tunnel, with The Thorington Construction Company responsible for construction.

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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