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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore says “aggressive timeline” to reopen channel after bridge collapse is realistic

Washington- Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Sunday that an “aggressive timetable” set by President Biden for reopen the canal to normal maritime operations after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse last month is “realistic,” noting that it will be a “24/7 operation” to get it back fully operational by the end of May.

“It’s an aggressive schedule, but we’re going to work around the clock to make sure we meet that schedule,” Moore said on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

The governor said he was “amazed” by the work done so far, with the canals having been opened for some ships in less than two weeks since the bridge was built. Collapse of March 26what happened when a Container ship flying the flag of Singapore struck one of the main supports of the bridge.

“We have now removed hundreds of tons from the river,” Moore said, noting that in the last few days alone, crews have removed tons of debris equal to the weight of the Statue of Liberty from the river.

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Maryland Governor Wes Moore on “Face the Nation,” April 7, 2024.

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As for broader efforts to rebuild and restore the economy after the collapse, Moore said “we have a long road to recovery ahead of us.” But he noted that it was already starting.

Comments come after the president visited Baltimore Friday, in a show of support after the bridge collapse, where he announced additional federal financial support to help the city’s economy. Mr. Biden said the government was “going to move heaven and earth to rebuild this bridge as quickly as possible.”

The president has made it clear that the federal government should pay the entire cost of rebuilding it and that he expects Congress to support that effort. But it’s not yet clear whether the funding will have bipartisan support among lawmakers.

Moore said Sunday that “this is not just a tragedy that has regional implications, but a tragedy that has national implications,” emphasizing that “the ability for us to have a collective response and bipartisan approach to its reconstruction is imperative.”

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