Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore... (2 Viewers)

The bridge over Charleston harbor was closed during the day today due to a container ship that lost steering - headed out-bound stuck full-ahead. I drive over that bridge at least twice a day. It was completed in 2005 and has what appears to be good protection from a ship strike on the main supports, but there are a couple on the side that don't . . . but I think the ship would ground before it got to them.

The main shipping channel into Baltimore’s port has fully reopened to its original depth and width following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, which blocked most maritime traffic into the harbor.

Officials announced the full reopening on Monday evening. It comes after a massive cleanup effort as crews removed an estimated 50,000 tons of steel and concrete from the Patapsco River.

The channel was blocked by wreckage of the fallen bridge, which collapsed after a container ship lost power and crashed into one of its supporting columns, sending six members of a roadwork crew plunging to their deaths. All of the victims were Latino immigrants working an overnight shift to fill potholes on the bridge.

The Port of Baltimore, which processes more cars and farm equipment than any other in the country, was effectively closed for several weeks while the wreckage was removed. Crews were able to reopen portions of the deep-draft channel in phases, restoring some commercial traffic in recent weeks.….:


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