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ADVISORY: The Florida-Haiti Interstate Tunnel and the Caribbean International Highway project is fake. Please view this article as an imaginary work of fiction. See Also: Union of Everett for further information.

I-95U Miami Tunnel Center

The Miami, Florida checkpoint for the I-95U tunnel network.

The Florida - Haiti Interstate Tunnel, is an underwater tunnel transportation system spanning 600 miles from Miami, Florida to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The main span of tunnel is considered part of the Interstate 95 system, which runs from the state of Maine down into the state of Florida. The section of I-95 that runs under the Caribbean Sea is designated I-95U, and is also known as Caribbean International Highway Route 1. The I-95U tunnel is part of a network of massive free-floating tunnels that interconnect the major Caribbean states with the rest of North and South America. The Florida-Haiti Interstate Tunnel began construction in June of 2009, and its main route, I-95U/CIH-1 completed in late 2015, connecting the mainland North America to the island of Hispaniola. Additional branches of the Caribbean International Highway network connected I-95U/CIH Route 1 to CIH Route 2, connecting Florida to Cuba. The tunnel system to Cuba was completed in 2013 and officially opened that year, with the President of the Union of Everett and the President of Cuba meeting in the I-95U Junction Plaza to celebrate new ties and an end of an era of American embargoes against the country. The Caribbean International Highway construction was featured on Discovery Channel's Extreme Engineering documentary series. The Caribbean International Highway network was primarily constructed by Infra Corporation, with assistance from engineers from several other nations and the Union of Everett Navy.

I-95U

The Union of Everett interstate route number assigned to the primary tunnel between Florida and Haiti is I-95U, or Interstate 95 Underwater. The portion of the planned Caribbean network, which spans from Miami, Florida to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, is a total of 600 miles of undersea tunnel, which floats 75 meters under the sea, held down with adjustable pylons and high tension cords anchored to the sea floor. The tunnel is designed to compensate for tectonic activity, and in worst case scenarios, seal sections into compartments, and detach from the sea floor anchors to float to the surface and break away into individual floating sections. This design is to preserve lives and reduce damage to the system, allowing for eventual repairs, and resettling and re-anchoring of sections. These sections can also seal off areas with water breaches to contain flooding.

I-95U features a rest stop every 50 miles, containing fuel stations, restaurants, restrooms, and emergency services. Everetti police stations are located every one hundred miles which would be used to respond to incidents. Fire, rescue and medical stations are located every 50 miles at each rest stop. I-95U has a speed limit of 75 miles per hour, which is enforced electronically. The tunnel utilizes state-of-the-art sensor systems to monitor flow of traffic, oxygen levels, vehicle emissions levels, ventilation function, speed enforcement, CCTV surveillance of criminal activity, and regulation of traffic using a series of traffic lights, LED signs and lighting on the highway lanes. The tunnel has an internal radio broadcast system for traffic advisories, tuned to 1620 AM (for standard 24 hour advisories and traffic information), and 95 FM (a multiple use station).

I-95U Cap Haitien Tunnel Exit

I-95U tunnel lanes converge to exit into Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

The tunnel has four lanes of traffic each for the eastbound and westbound lanes, totaling eight lanes. Large trucks, motor homes and buses are required to remain in the right two lanes. A fifth lane is designed for drivers to make emergency stops only, and for emergency vehicles to access the tunnel bypassing traffic. In addition to the road for motor vehicles, there are three rail lines, two of which are standard train lines and one part of the Maglev system. The Caribbean International Highway Line also called the I-95 Line, is a section of the Everetti Maglev system that runs along the CIH Route 1 tunnel. These trains run daily, transporting thousands of people. The standard rail lines allow for conventional rail transportation, cutting down on truck usage of the interstates. The CIH Line stops at the I-95U Junction, allowing for passengers who are headed to Cuba or Yucatan to board other Maglev trains on their respective lines. The I-95U/I-932U Junction is a large, and the world's only undersea interstate and rail exchange, diverting traffic onward toward Haiti or Florida, or off-ramps and on-ramps connecting I-932U (which connects Florida to Yucatan), or CIH Route 2 (which connects Florida and Cuba). A large rest area, with a small mall, restaurants, shops, restrooms, and a Maglev train station accommodates travelers.

I-95U is a proof-of-concept tunnel, as part of a future global construction project to build a global highway that spans the Earth. This would include the construction of bridges and free-floating tunnels that connect Quebec to Greenland, to Iceland, to the British Isles. Based on the 600 mile Florida-Haiti tunnel's success, it may lead to the planning stages of the global highway system, which could initially feature hyper Maglev transports to cross oceans in a matter of hours.

Construction

I-95U/CIH Route 1 was completed in November of 2015, and formally opened in January 2016. Construction involved the use of massive crane barges, which carried each of the 660 foot long sections of tunnel, lowering them into the water where they were locked and sealed in place. These sections were then anchored to the sea floor by tectonic compensating cords, allowing the tunnel to adjust to changes in seas floor topography. Each tunnel section is 660 feet long, 200 feet wide and 30 feet tall, totaling 4,800 tunnel sections placed floating 75 meters under the water. Several barges worked, each carrying a single tunnel section at a time. A total of three sections were laid a day. Tunnel sections were produced and constructed on land in large warehouses in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama. As the main tunnel sections were sealed into place, they were pressurized and interior work began. Air ventilation and massive fan systems were installed to cleanse vehicle emissions and provide atmosphere.

I-932U

I-932U Yucatan Tunnel Entry Island

The entrance to the I-932U tunnel from Yucatan under construction outside of Cancun.

Interstate I-932U is a second Everetti undersea interstate tunnel route. It is scheduled to complete construction by February of 2017 and open to the public by March of that year. I-932U spans from Cancun, Yucatan to the I-95U/I-932U Junction, north of Cuba. The tunnel spans a total of 400 miles under the Gulf of Mexico. A single Maglev route runs along I-932U, which connects Yucatan to the I-95U/I-932U Junction Station and onward to Florida, Haiti or Cuba, known as the Yucatan-Maya Coast Maglev Line. This Maglev line will span from Reynosa, Maya Coast to the I-95U/I-932U Maglev Junction Station. Eight rest stops exist along I-932U, each containing an emergency services center, police station, restaurants, fuel stations and restrooms. I-932U will have a speed limit of 75 miles per hour with six lanes of traffic (three eastbound, three westbound) and three rail lines, one Maglev running from Cancun to the Junction Station and two standard rail lines for commercial trains. Construction on I-932U began in August of 2011, starting in Cancun, Yucatan. I-932U is scheduled to be connected to the already completed I-95U route by February of 2017.

Caribbean International Highway

The Caribbean International Highway is an under construction CARICOM project to build an underwater tunnel highway network connecting several Caribbean nations with interstate, rail and Maglev routes. CIH Route 1, known as I-95U or the Florida-Haiti Interstate Tunnel, is already complete, stretching from Florida to Haiti. Additional tunnels will connect between nations such as the also completed CIH Route 2, connecting Cuba to I-95U, and the proposed CIH Route 3, connecting The Bahamas main island and capital, Nassau, to the I-95U tunnel. Other routes, CIH Route 4 will connect Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic, which construction began in March 2016, and CIH Route 5 connecting Haiti to Jamaica with a stop at Navassa Island.

On February 28, 2013, Caribbean International Highway Route 2, which connects Cuba to the I-95U CIH Route 1 was completed, joining the Union of Everett with Cuba. On March 1st, the tunnel opened to vehicle traffic with an opening ceremony launching the first rail train through to tunnel to Cuba, which carried trade cargo. The first vehicles to pass through the tunnel to Cuba was the Everetti Presidential motorcade containing the President of the Union of Everett, Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense who would later meet with Cuban leadership to discuss and negotiate treaties. Following the motorcade, the tunnel opened to vehicle traffic.

Venezuela & The Microstate Network

A part of the CIH proposal was in an agreement with Everett's peace treaty with Venezuela. To aid in trade and development between all Caribbean nations, Venezuela wanted a connection to the tunnel system. Everett though did not want to disturb all of the smaller islands along the way, which may damage their ecosystems and beaches. A proposed tunnel addition, named CIH Route 6 would run from Puerto Rico, passing through the Virgin Islands and follow south near all of the smaller Caribbean nations, passing by St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada into Venezuela. This proposal stalled with the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and continues to stall with the new government.

Microstate CIH Network Marina Concept

A rendering of a CIH Network Microstate Marina Station.

The CIH Route 6 tunnel would have smaller rest stations, with a heavier focus on Maglev and train lines, rather than motor vehicle traffic. The highways would have two lanes for northbound and two for southbound traffic, with a large focus on trucking and buses. Each rest area with each island would have an elevator to the surface, a total distance of 25 meters in depth, to a surface marina, allowing travelers to disembark, or visitors to enter the CIH and hop on a bus or train. A joint treaty would reduce customs requirements for the citizens of the respective countries along the CIH Network, similar to the European Union's system for international travel. For example, this would allow a citizen of Grenada to freely travel to Dominica, Puerto Rico, Cuba or even into the Union of Everett with limited customs barriers.

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