The US said that restoration of the bridge in Baltimore will require $1 billion and 7 years

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Rebuilding the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Port of Baltimore’s outer harbor could cost $400 million to $1 billion and take 1.5 to several years. This was stated by experts interviewed Associated Press.

For example, Ben Shafer, a professor of engineering at Johns Hopkins University, said that in reality the bridge restoration project could take five to seven years to complete. Everything will depend on financing, delivery of structures and timing of work.

Other experts believe that the bridge will be restored faster. In particular, Sameh Badi, a professor of engineering at George Washington University, suggested that it would take 1.5 to 2 years to restore the structure. The expert believes that we are worth ‌‌‌‌​​​‌​‌‍‌‌‌‌​​​‌​‌‌‌‌‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌‌‌‌​​‌‌ ​​‌‍‌‌‌‌​​‌‌‌​‍‌‌‌‌​​​‌‌‌‍‌‌‌‌‌​‌​​‌​‍‌‌‌‌​​​‌‌​‌‍‌ ‌‌‌​​‌‌‌‌​‍‌‌‌‌​​‌​‌‌​‍‌‌‌‌​​‌‌‌​‌‍‌‌‌‌​​‌​​‌​ The cost of the work will range from 500 million to 1 billion dollars, and it will also depend on the details of the project.

Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of Highway and State Transportation Officials, cited the example of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota that collapsed in 2007. Tymon stated ABC7 New Yorkthat then the new span was erected in 14 months.

The governor of the US state of Maryland, Wes Moore, also confirmed that the restoration of the collapsed bridge in Baltimore will take a long time.

Experts emphasized that the economic consequences of the Baltimore bridge collapse could affect not only logistics in the United States, but also significantly affect international trade. The direct damage from the Baltimore bridge destruction is $81 billion.

At the moment, the port in Baltimore is completely closed. Repair services and army engineers from the United States have already begun preliminary work on dismantling the bridge structures. Cranes were also brought to the site.

Recall that the collapse of the Key Bridge in Baltimore due to a collision with a cargo ship became known on March 26. As a result of the incident, up to two dozen people and several vehicles fell into the water. According to preliminary data, at least six people died, and one person was saved.

Previously, experts interviewed by Sky News suggested that the cargo ship crashed into the bridge due to crew fatigue or a technical malfunction. According to Bloomberg, this ship already crashed into a stone pier wall in the port of Antwerp in Belgium in 2016. In addition, he previously had technical problems several times.

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