Crews Remove 1100 Tons of Steel from Key Bridge Collapse

April 17, 2024
40 containers have been removed from the ship that hit the bridge

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore gave an update on the efforts to clean up the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse on Tuesday, which was three weeks to the day after the tragic collision that killed six construction workers.

According to Moore, workers have removed 1,100 tons of steel from the water. Section 1B of the bridge is next. That part of the bridge weighs 300 tons.

Forty containers have been removed from the ship that hit the bridge.

There has yet to be an injury in the clearing of the channel.

"While we are excited to report this kind of momentum…the thing we also know is this: The road ahead is still long," said Moore in a statement. "The same type of caution, the same type of professionalism, the same type of certainty that was needed for this type of lift, that is the same type of focus and the same type of expectation that will go into every single lift."

Moore said they are on track to open a 35-foot-deep channel by the end of April, and by the end of May the full channel will be open. 

Last week, Maryland lawmakers introduced a bill that would require the federal government to cover the costs of rebuilding the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 

"You cannot have a fully functioning Port of Baltimore if the Key Bridge is missing," said Moore Tuesday. "The Key Bridge is not about nostalgia. It's about necessity."


Source: Fox 5 DC

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