Progress To Open the Limited Access Deep Draft Channel

2024-04-15T14:34:32-04:00April 15th, 2024|
As we enter week 3, The Key Bridge Response Unified Command continues efforts to re-open the federal channel and clear hazards from the waterway.
As the Key Bridge response continues to remove wreckage and debris from the Patapsco River, including breaking up of the submerged roadbed from span 19, and the removal of a section of span 17, wreckage and debris are taken by barge to Sparrows Point, Maryland for processing and recycling.
While marine traffic is still limited, 69 vessels have transited through since the creation of the temporary alternate channels.
“There has been incredible progress this week towards our goal to open the limited access deep draft channel,” said Col. Estee Pinchasin, commander, U. S.  Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Unified Command. “Our amazing team of local, state, federal and community responders remain focused on the safe and efficient removal of debris and wreckage from the federal channel and waterway.”
Port of Baltimore Worker Retention Program Announced
Governor Wes Moore announced the launch of the Port of Baltimore Worker Retention Program to help Port of Baltimore businesses retain employees as the Port recovers from the Francis Scott Key bridge collapse.
The Department of Commerce: also announced eligibility criteria for the Port of Baltimore Emergency Business Assistance Program, which provides grants of up to $100,000 to eligible businesses which have had operations impacted or shipments disrupted at the Port of Baltimore. This program will begin accepting applications on April 22 and information about the program eligibility and requirements can be found here.
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