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Officials In Maryland Give Timeline And Cost Estimate For Rebuilding Francis Scott Key Bridge

By Brooke Mallory


According to a state transportation official on Thursday, Maryland intends to reconstruct the Francis Scott Key Bridge in just over four years, with an estimated cost of “$1.7 billion to $1.9 billion.”

A representative for the Maryland Department of Transportation, David Broughton, stated that the state intends to construct a new span by the fall of 2028. He emphasized that the cost estimate is just an estimate and that the precise engineering details are still pending confirmation.

Additionally, there was no mention of a name change for the new bridge, however, a number of groups have been working to rename the bridge into something they consider more progressive.

“The Caucus of African American Leaders—whose members include the NAACP and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, among others—is urging Gov. Wes Moore, a Democrat, and the General Assembly to reconsider the bridge’s name, given that Key was a controversial and oftentimes contradictory figure in the anti-slavery movement. They suggested that it be renamed after Rep. Parren J. Mitchell, the first Black Marylander to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1970,” NBC News reported.

Authorities declared late on Wednesday that they had located the remains of a fifth individual who had gone missing following the collapse of the bridge on March 26th, which closed the port of Baltimore, one of the busiest ports in the nation, while salvage operations continued.

When a cargo ship collided with one of the bridge’s supporting columns, six members of the roadwork crew perished. Miguel Angel Luna Gonzalez, 49, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was the victim discovered on Wednesday, according to a statement made by the Key Bridge Response Unified Command.

The victims were all “immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.”

“We continue to pray for Miguel Angel Luna Gonzalez, his family, and all those who love him, acknowledging the anguish they have experienced since the Key Bridge collapsed,” said Governor Wes Moore. “We pray for comfort, we pray for healing, and we pray for peace in knowing that their loved one has finally come home.”

The insurance broker for the bridge verified on Thursday that the state of Maryland will receive a $350 million reimbursement, which is anticipated to be the first of several settlements associated with the collapse…



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