Photos of Baltimore Bridge Collapse Show Debris Beginning to Be Removed

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Efforts to clear the remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge continued Saturday in Baltimore, amid an “ambitious” timeline to reopen the permanent channel to the Port of Baltimore by the end of the month, although White House officials have warned that The reconstruction process “will not be quick.”

Key facts

President Joe Biden visited Baltimore on Friday to tour the “shattered mess” of the collapsed bridge, indicating that the federal government would “pay the full cost” of rebuilding the bridge.

Hours before, the Unified Command confirmed Dive teams recovered the body of a third construction worker from the rubble, Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, 38, a week after two other bodies were recovered; Six workers who were on the bridge at the time it collapsed are presumed dead.

The US Army Corps of Engineers released “ambitious timelines” this week to restore access to the port, suggesting the Fort McHenry Channel could fully reopen by the end of May.

What to take into account

The Maryland attorney general’s office is hiring lawyers to pursue “possible litigation related” to the bridge collapse, Baltimore Sun reported.

big number

400 million dollars. That’s the minimum expected cost to rebuild the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a process that could take anywhere from 18 months to seven years to complete, the Associated Press reported. reported. The bridge opened in 1977 after five years of construction.

Key background

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, which spans the Patapsco River in Maryland, collapsed last month after the MV Dali, a Singapore-flagged freighter, struck a dock. Most of the 1.6-mile-long bridge fell into the water, blocking Baltimore Harbor and leaving more than 40 ships stranded in the harbor. After the bridge collapse, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warned The bridge reconstruction process “will not be quick, nor easy, nor cheap.” A precise timeline for rebuilding will not be available until an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is completed, according to Buttigieg, who noted that an estimated $950 million in emergency relief funds is available. Some of the cargo contains a “wide range of packaged materials” and “consumer goods,” Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Gautier said.

Tangent

More than 500 businesses affected by the bridge collapse last week have applied for long-term, low-interest loans to help cover their costs, according to the Small Business Administration. said Forbes earlier this week. SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzmán said the impact of the bridge collapse “has really been felt” by supply chain, logistics and transportation companies that focus their businesses at the port. Other small businesses in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania face “additional ripple effects,” Guzmán said.

Other readings

Baltimore bridge collapse: More than 500 small businesses apply for business loans (Forbes)

How long until the Baltimore bridge is rebuilt? The White House says that “it will not be quick, nor easy, nor cheap” (Forbes)

Baltimore Bridge Collapses After Being Hit by Ship (Forbes)

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