Salvors remove final truss blocking Baltimore channel

(BALTIMORE) — Ten weeks after the collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, salvage crews removed the final large steel truss segment blocking the 700-foot-wide Fort McHenry Federal Channel on June 3 and 4. The span collapsed after being hit by the containership Dali on March 26.

Using concrete breakers, underwater surveys and oxyacetylene torches, they separated tons of concrete roadway, cable and steel rebar from “Section 4C” while removing debris with clamshell dredges.

On May 20, Unified Command had cleared the Federal Channel to a width of 400 feet and a depth of 50 feet, allowing deep-draft commercial vessels to access the Port of Baltimore. Full restoration is projected by June 8-10.

– Key Bridge Response Unified Command

Key Bridge Response Unified Command photo
By Professional Mariner Staff