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Alternative Route Opened Near The Key Bridge Collapse Site: Enormous Step In Reopening Baltimore Port



United commands working to clear up debris around the Key Bridge collapse site announced a significant recovery success on Monday. A temporary route has been cleared to let vessels safely reach and leave the Baltimore port. The second busiest port in the country, which was closed indefinitely last week after Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed, will be revived once again due to this new route.


Earlier last week, the U.S. Navy delivered cranes, including the Chesapeake 1000, the largest in the southeast USA. With the help of newly arrived equipment, after 10 hours of relentless effort on Sunday, a 200-tonne span of the wrecked bridge was recovered. It has been marked as a vast recovery success.

When asked how long the recovery mission could take, Governor Moore said, “Every time someone goes in the water, they’re taking a risk. Every time we move a piece of the structure, the situation gets even more dangerous. We have to move fast, but we can’t be careless.”


He also pointed out the nature of the water around the wreckage, calling it “impossible” for divers to see beyond a foot underwater. Captain David O’Connell told CNN, “The temporary channel will be marked with government lighted aids to navigation and will have a controlling depth of 11 ft, a 264 ft horizontal clearance, and a vertical clearance of 96 ft.” He added, “ It will mark an important first step along the road to reopening the port of Baltimore. By opening the alternative route, we will support the flow of marine traffic.”


Vessel traffic was halted abruptly on March 26 following the tragic collapse of Baltimore’s Key Bridge. Political commentators expressed their concerns regarding economic loss if the port stays closed for longer. However, the new route will significantly reduce the financial impact of losing a commercially important bridge. Around 2000 yards around the wreckage site have been cleared for use by “commercially important vessels.”


The White House sent an initial $60 million fund to support the ongoing recovery mission. President Biden promised to be with Baltimore every step of the way. According to White House reports, he is expected to visit the collapse site this Friday.


Governor Moore indicated a long road ahead: "It’s a small piece of what we are talking about. The scale of this project is enormous, and even the small lifts are huge.”




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