DOT Estimates $1.7Billion to Rebuild Baltimore Bridge

( – The Port of Baltimore’s federal channel has been safely reopened to its original capacity without any injuries or difficulties, according to the White House.

They continued to remove debris from outside the McHenry Federal Channel, and they will have a safety zone to protect workers. As another safety measure, deep draft vessels will be required to have a single escort tug until they are finished with their work.

According to the Department of Transportation, it will cost almost two billion dollars to fully rebuild the Baltimore Bridge. At the end of March a thousand-foot cargo ship, the Dali, hit the Key Bridge, which caused it to collapse, killing six workers. About fifty thousand tons of steel were cleared from the water following the collapse, according to Major General Butch Graham of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The White House released a statement commending the work of those who are in the Unified Command that were responsible for helping to reopen the port.

The statement from Biden said, “Our hearts remain with the families of the victims of the bridge collapse, and we will continue to stand with the community throughout this period of recovery.”

“Thank you to the people of Baltimore for showing us what it means to be Maryland tough and Baltimore strong. Baltimore can count on us to stick with them every step of the way, and we will continue to have your back until the bridge is rebuilt,” it continued.

Secretary Pete Buttigieg said that the port opening would have a major effect on local workers. “And now those workers can count on that business returning. It’s been a gradual process, and some of them have been working for some time. Now we can say that it is fully back to normal,” he said.

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