Unified Command clears channel at Key Bridge collapse website

Salvage operators set to survey, examine underwater to make sure secure opening of federal channel

LINE JUST YET. YEAH. NOT YET. JASON. SO THAT CHANNEL BEING CLEARED IS ONE STEP RIGHT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT THE UNIFIED COMMAND SAYS THEY STILL HAVE TO SURVEY AND INSPECT WHAT’S BENEATH THE WATER, MAKE SURE THAT’S CLEARED AND SAFE BEFORE THEY CAN CONTINUE ALLOWING MORE SHIPS THROUGH TO THE PORT OF BALTIMORE. WITH THAT, WIDEN CHANNEL, I SHOULD SAY. A BIG OBSTACLE IN ONE OF THE LAST STEPS NEEDED TO REOPEN THE FULL FORT MCHENRY CHANNEL AT THE SITE OF THE KEY BRIDGE COLLAPSE. CLEARING THE CHANNEL, SOMETHING THE ARMY CORPS BELIEVES WAS COMPLETE THIS EVENING. I THINK THEY’RE DOING A GREAT JOB. I MEAN, CONSIDERING A BRIDGE FELL. SO I MEAN, YOU GOT TO GIVE THEM A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO CLEAN IT UP. BUT BALTIMORE STRONG AND WE’LL BE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER CONSIDERING EVERYTHING. I BELIEVE IT’S MOVING FAST. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TELLING 11 NEWS THEY BELIEVE THE WRECKAGE AT THE BOTTOM, WITHIN THE DIMENSIONS OF THE CHANNEL, IS NOW CLEAR. BUT BEFORE REOPENING THE FORT MCHENRY CHANNEL, WHICH WILL BE AS WIDE AND AS STEEP AS IT WAS PRE COLLAPSE, THEY NEED TO SURVEY AND INSPECT TO ENSURE IT’S SAFE. LOCAL MARINE CONTRACTOR JASON WALKER, WHO IS VERY FAMILIAR. WITH THE WORK BEING DONE OUT IN THE PATAPSCO RIVER, GIVING US AN IDEA OF WHAT SALVAGE OPERATORS HAD TO DEAL WITH WHILE CLEARING THAT WRECKAGE. THE BOTTOM IS JUST LIKE THIS. IT’S YOU KNOW, IT’S IT’S NOT A COMPLETELY FLAT BOTTOM. BOTH SIDES TAPER DOWN LIKE THIS AND THEN IT’S NOT COMPLETELY FLAT. SO YOU HAVE HIGH SPOTS AND LOW SPOTS. AND THOUGH ALL SHIPS ARE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE CURRENT 400 FOOT WIDE LIMITED ACCESS CHANNEL, THE UNIFIED COMMAND SAYS THOSE SHIPS HAVE TO DEAL WITH RESTRICTIONS LIKE WIND PARAMETERS AND ONE WAY TRAFFIC. BUT ONCE IT’S WIDENED TO 700FT, THOSE RESTRICTIONS GO AWAY. DOING BETTER THAN I ANTICIPATED. YOU KNOW, WITH THE WEATHER DAYS AND ZERO VISIBILITY, IT’S A LOT HARDER TO WORK IN THAT ENVIRONMENT THAN MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. NOW, THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TELLS US THEY’RE EXPECTING TO CONDUCT THAT SURVEY TOMORROW MORNING. EARLY IN THE MORNING. THAT’S THE PLAN AS OF RIGHT NOW. AND THEY DO SAY THAT THAT THOSE RESULTS OF THAT SURVEY WILL THEN DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN FULLY REOPEN T

Unified Command clears channel at Key Bridge collapse website

Salvage operators set to survey, examine underwater to make sure secure opening of federal channel

The Key Bridge Response Unified Command is one step nearer to reopening the everlasting Fort McHenry 700-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep channel on the website of the Key Bridge collapse. Salvage operators consider they’ve totally cleared inside the dimensions of the channel on the website, the Army Corps of Engineers instructed 11 News on Sunday.Crews plan to conduct a side-scan survey of the world early Monday morning and examine it to make sure all the things is prepared and secure for the reopening of the channel, which would be the identical width and depth because it was earlier than the collapse on March 26. “I feel they’re doing an incredible job, I imply, contemplating the bridge fell,” stated Karen Walker who was woken up by the sound of the Key Bridge plunging into the Patapsco River in March. “So, I imply, you bought to present them a bit little bit of time to wash it up. But Baltimore Strong and we’ll be again and higher than ever.”The reopening will rely upon the survey outcomes anticipated to begin round 5:30 a.m. Monday. The formal reopening of the channel might be carried out by the Captain of the Port. Once crews do totally reopen the channel, there’ll nonetheless be equipment out on the water working to tug up every other particles or wreckage exterior of the channel. The Unified Command expects this work to final the month of June.

The Key Bridge Response Unified Command is one step nearer to reopening the everlasting Fort McHenry 700-foot-wide, 50-foot-deep channel on the website of the Key Bridge collapse.

Salvage operators consider they’ve totally cleared inside the dimensions of the channel on the website, the Army Corps of Engineers instructed 11 News on Sunday.

Crews plan to conduct a side-scan survey of the world early Monday morning and examine it to make sure all the things is prepared and secure for the reopening of the channel, which would be the identical width and depth because it was earlier than the collapse on March 26.

“I feel they’re doing an incredible job, I imply, contemplating the bridge fell,” stated Karen Walker who was woken up by the sound of the Key Bridge plunging into the Patapsco River in March. “So, I imply, you bought to present them a bit little bit of time to wash it up. But Baltimore Strong and we’ll be again and higher than ever.”

The reopening will rely upon the survey outcomes anticipated to begin round 5:30 a.m. Monday. The formal reopening of the channel might be carried out by the Captain of the Port.

Once crews do totally reopen the channel, there’ll nonetheless be equipment out on the water working to tug up every other particles or wreckage exterior of the channel. The Unified Command expects this work to final the month of June.