U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers Sets Timeline For Fort McHenry Channel Reopening

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  • USACE has outlined a tentative timeline for reopening the Fort McHenry Channel.
  • USACE engineers target the reopening of the permanent federal navigation channel.
  • It is committed to working quickly and safely to restore full service at the port.

Following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has collaborated with local, state, and federal partners to assess the damage and develop a restoration plan, reports NAD USACE.

Tentative Timeline

After conducting thorough studies and assessments, USACE has outlined a tentative timeline for reopening the Fort McHenry Channel.

Limited Access Channel

Within the next four weeks, by the end of April, USACE aims to open a limited access channel measuring 280 feet wide and 35 feet deep. This channel will support one-way traffic for barge container service and certain roll-on/roll-off vessels.

Permanent Navigation Channel

By the end of May, USACE engineers target the reopening of the permanent federal navigation channel, measuring 700 feet wide and 50 feet deep. This will restore port access to normal capacity.

Safety and Challenges

USACE emphasizes safety as the chief priority in the restoration efforts.

The Complexity of Work

Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellman, USACE commanding general, acknowledges the complexity of the task ahead, highlighting the exhaustive work carried out by the Unified Command.

Ambitious Timelines

While the timelines are ambitious, adverse weather conditions or changes in the wreckage’s complexity could impact the progress. However, USACE is committed to working quickly and safely to restore full service at the port.

Support and Compassion

USACE expresses solidarity with the families of the missing and pledges to work with partners to assist in locating and recovering their loved ones.

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Source: NAD USACE