If you’ve ever driven around the downtown Fort Lauderdale area, chances are you’ve driven through the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel, more popularly known as the New River Tunnel. Actually, it goes under not only the New River but also Las Olas Boulevard on the north side and S. New River Dr./N. Rio Vista Blvd. on the south side. The photo was taken at the south entrance looking north. The buildings you see are the SunTrust building on the left and the Riverside Hotel on the right. It’s a 4-lane tunnel and pedestrians can use it as well since there is a sidewalk on the east side.
The New River Tunnel, which took the place of an inefficient drawbridge that at times caused massive traffic jams, took just over two years to be completed and opened in December 1960. In 1986 the tunnel was renamed in honor of Henry E. Kinney who was one of the strongest advocates for the construction of the tunnel (instead of a new drawbridge) during his time as editor of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward edition of the Miami Herald.
TRIVIA: Only two other underwater tunnels exist in Florida and they are in Walt Disney World in Orlando.