Saturday, May 11

Officials from the White House, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works discussed the progress on the response to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse with Maryland Governor Wes Moore and Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld on Friday.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “The White House underscored President Biden’s commitment to stand with Baltimore every step of the way in this recovery. … The meeting focused on updates on removing wreckage from the channel, supporting impacted workers and the families of the victims, reopening the port to vessel traffic, and rebuilding the bridge.“

She continued, “The group discussed progress towards fully reopening the federal shipping channel by the end of May, including the next major milestone of removing the cargo ship M/V DALI next week. Participants discussed ongoing engagement with port stakeholders to ensure a safe and orderly return of maritime traffic as one-way and then two-way traffic is restored at the full 50-foot depth.“

Authorities plan to use explosives later today to free the container ship, the Dali, from the remaining wreckage of the bridge that has held the vessel in place at the crash site.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president and members of the administration as they support the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the bridge collapse seven weeks ago.
  • For Maryland state officials and Baltimore city leaders as they work with federal agencies to reopen the shipping channel and rebuild the bridge.
  • For the safety of the workers as they continue to clear the wreckage from the collapse.

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