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Key Bridge wreckage sinking into riverbed as lightning near Baltimore delays salvage operations

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On Monday two vessels, fuel and scrap barges, passed through a temporary channel on the northeast side of the bridge with a depth of 11 feet, and Tuesday afternoon around 1:15 p.m., crews opened a second channel with a depth of 14 feet, Moore said. For reference, the center of the Key Bridge is 50 feet deep and large cargo ships carrying vehicles typically require depths of at least 35 feet, Moore explained.

Gilreath said the Unified Command eventually hopes to open a third, hopefully deeper, temporary channel.

The third channel will depend on when we can complete the removal of the bridge obstructions in that section,” Gilreath said. “After that is completed we will complete a survey and we will mark that channel as well.”

In Annapolis on Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the Maryland Protecting Opportunities and Regional Trade, or PORT, Act sponsored in that body by President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore City Democrat, and Johnny Ray Salling, a Republican representing Dundalk in Baltimore County.

The legislation would create temporary relief funds for workers and small businesses that will be displaced by the closure of the port. Moore said 57 businesses have applied for relief, along with “dozens” more that are in the process, and he has proposed a permanent scholarship program for families of transportation workers who die on the job as part of the PORT Act.


Following spring break and a holiday weekend, roadways around Baltimore were especially congested and dangerous Tuesday, Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld said. About 15,000 more vehicles have been passing through the Fort McHenry Tunnel each day while around 7,000 additional vehicles each day are passing through the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, Wiedefeld said.


(Baltimore Sun reporters Dan Belson, Lia Russell and Hannah Gaskill contributed to this article.)


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