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About our Baltimore Key Bridge News

Latest news on the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, with updates on the recovery efforts, investigation, economic impact, and plans for rebuilding the crucial I-695 crossing.

A week after the tragic collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, Maryland, the focus has shifted from rescue to recovery and rebuilding. The bridge, a vital part of Interstate 695 that carried over 11 million vehicles annually, partially collapsed on 26 March 2024, after being struck by the container ship Dali, which had lost power.

The incident, declared a mass casualty event, claimed the lives of eight construction workers who were on the bridge at the time of the collapse. The recovery of their bodies has brought some closure to the families and the community. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the collision and the bridge's structural failure, with preliminary findings expected in the coming weeks.

The Baltimore community has come together in the wake of this tragedy, with local businesses, organisations, and residents offering support to the families of the victims and the first responders who worked tirelessly in the aftermath. Memorial services and vigils have been held to honour the lives lost and to begin the healing process.

As the nation mourns this loss, attention is also turning to the future of this critical transportation link. President Joe Biden has pledged federal support for the reconstruction efforts, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been activated to assist in the planning and execution of the rebuilding process. Experts estimate that a new bridge could take up to seven years to complete and cost over $400 million.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, an iconic steel arch truss bridge named after the author of "The Star-Spangled Banner", was a symbol of Baltimore's resilience and history. As the city and the region begin to recover from this tragedy, our NewsNow feed will continue to provide comprehensive, reliable coverage of the ongoing investigation, the economic impact, and the plans for rebuilding this vital piece of infrastructure.

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