Maryland DOT Address Key Bridge Collapse

March 26, 2024
MDOT officials discuss detours and alternate routes in the wake of the collapse

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials detailed traffic impacts and current plans for rebuilding at a press conference following the early morning collapse of the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore.

The bridge collapsed after being hit by a large containership, sending vehicles and at least 20 people into the water in what police are treating as a mass-casualty incident.

As the search and rescue mission continues, MDOT officials at the press conference advised motorists on the following traffic detours:

  • Avoid Interstate 695 Southeast corridor.
  • Use I-95 and I-895 as alternatives.
  • I-695 is being detoured southbound at exit 43 the Peninsula Expressway and northbound at exit 2 Route 10.

MDOT said it's too early to set their sights on rebuilding the structure with an active search and rescue mission. However, they have "reached out to a number of engineering companies" to be preemptive in the process.

The original span took about 5 years to complete in the 1970s.

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