Bridge Removal Progresses After Controlled Explosions

Bridge Removal Progresses After Controlled Explosions

In Baltimore, U.S. crews executed controlled explosions on Monday to facilitate the removal of a section of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge from a large container ship that caused the bridge to topple in March. The purpose of the detonations was to break the bridge's truss into smaller pieces, allowing salvage crews to use cranes and barges to clear the twisted metal wreckage, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the operation was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Both the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state officials did not immediately comment on the outcome of the detonations.

Early on March 26, the vessel named Dali lost power and collided with a bridge support, causing the structure to fall into the Patapsco River, with a significant portion resting on the Dali's bow. Tragically, six construction workers lost their lives in the incident. Initially, this event disrupted traffic at the Port of Baltimore, which leads in several cargo categories nationwide, including automobiles, farm machinery, imported sugar, and gypsum, according to Maryland state data.

Following the accident, four temporary shipping channels were opened, allowing some shipping operations to resume. The Corps is targeting full restoration of port access by the end of May.

Maryland estimates the cost of rebuilding the bridge to be between $1.7 billion and $1.9 billion, with completion projected by fall 2028.

In April, the FBI commenced a criminal investigation into the collapse. Investigators retrieved the ship's "black box" recorder, which contains vital data such as position, speed, heading, radar information, bridge audio, radio communications, and alarms.

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