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Removal of Baltimore Bridge Wreckage Begins

Workers began an emergency operation to remove the collapsed structure of the bridge over the Patapsco River, cutting through the massive steel girders and loading parts onto waiting barges.

A large crane mounted on a barge arrived in Baltimore last weekend to aid efforts to remove the Patapsco River’s deeply dredged central channel, and now a cascade of sparks has lifted the remains of the original bridge to a manageable size. For recycling, this is a precursor to cutting into pieces. Workers suspended in cages used gas torches and were supported by seven cranes, including cranes capable of lifting up to 1,000 tons and 500 tons, as they cut steel from the Francis Scott Key Bridge. . report World Cargo News.

The statement said: “Highly trained demolition crews are cutting away the upper north side of the collapsed bridge truss. Two crane barges, a 650-ton crane and a 330-ton crane, are on site. The debris will be hoisted and transferred to a barge this evening in daylight. A 230-ton land crane will unload the debris at Tradepoint Atlantic, process it, and then transport it to the disposal site.”

A Coast Guard coastal buoy tender passes by as debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge piles up on the container ship Dali, Saturday, March 30, 2024, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julia Nickinson)

BALTIMORE, MD – MARCH 31: Debris is removed from the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge as efforts begin to reopen the Port of Baltimore on March 31, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. The bridge, used by about 30,000 vehicles daily, was collided with the cargo ship Dali as it left the port around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, sending it into the Patapsco River. The bodies of two men who were on the bridge at the time of the accident were pulled from the water. The other four people remain missing and are presumed dead. The other two people were rescued immediately after the accident and treated for their injuries. The Port of Baltimore is one of the largest and busiest ports on the East Coast of the United States (Photo by: Tasos Katapodis/Getty Images)

Although the schedule for fully reopening the Port of Baltimore and even replacing the bridges is uncertain and could take months or years, respectively, the current priority is to close the dredged channel furthest from the MV’s current location. Dhabi, believed to be in charge of acquiring the northern part, removed the wreckage to allow some ships to enter and leave the port, and also dispatched a workboat to assist in salvage operations. This may also include emergency commercial shipments, but the route is one-way only and flows mean. traffic slows down.

Recovery operations are complex. Part of the bridge spans the bow of her MV Davi. The large container ship struck the pier on the south side of the bridge’s center span, causing a cascading failure that caused the entire structure to collapse. The ship has sustained damage below the waterline and some of its forward compartments are flooded, but it remains buoyant. If the section of the bridge that secures the ship to the river bed is not carefully removed, the ship could float or spin uncontrollably, and there are nearby underwater gas and power lines, as well as overhead cables. This is a concern considering the tower is also nearby. by.

Several tugboats and a Coast Guard vessel are at the scene working to get the situation under control behind a huge crane.

BALTIMORE, MD – March 31: Workers begin removing twisted metal and concrete channels from the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Officials are shifting their focus to “salvage” operations using large cranes to remove debris from the Patapsco River after the major bridge construction. The container ship Dali caused a bridge collapse on March 31, 2024. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD – March 31: Workers begin removing twisted metal and concrete channels from the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Officials are shifting their focus to “salvage” operations using large cranes to remove debris from the Patapsco River after the major bridge construction. The container ship Dali caused a bridge collapse on March 31, 2024. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Breitbart News reported that early claims about how quickly and cheaply the Baltimore Bridge could be repaired seemed extremely optimistic. Economics editor John Carney said:

Rebuilding the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore will take much longer and cost much more than many originally thought. The Associated Press reported Friday that experts say rebuilding the bridge could take “18 months to several years.” The price was set at $400 million, “more than twice that amount.”

If anything, those are conservative estimates. The original bridge took him five years to build from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. But planning for the bridge began several years earlier. In the 1970s, it cost him $141 million, which is equivalent to his $735 million today.

But simply adjusting 1970s construction costs for inflation doesn’t capture how much more expensive major infrastructure projects are today than they were 50 years ago. A 2019 Brookings Institution study on interstate construction costs found that states spent about three times as much to build one mile of highway in the 1980s as they did in the early 1960s. Research stops there, as large-scale infrastructure construction has largely stopped since then.

For more information, visit Breitbart News.

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