Mayor Scott Statement on USACE Timeline to Reopen Port of Baltimore Channels

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Brandon M. Scott
Baltimore City
250 City Hall - Baltimore Maryland 21202
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BALTIMORE, MD (Wednesday, April 4, 2023) — Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott released the following statement regarding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preliminary timeline to reopen channels in the Port of Baltimore following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

"This evening’s announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they’ve outlined a tentative timeline sends a strong message to the City of Baltimore and our entire country. Some of the best engineering minds in the world and our most important resources have been made available for this critically important project. That would not have been possible without the close coordination and swift action within every level of government, from President Biden and our congressional delegation to Governor Moore and all of our partners at the local level.

"While this timeline is ambitious and dependent on a number of factors, setting this goal is critically important for those families that are still waiting to bring loved ones home and the thousands of Baltimoreans and Marylanders who rely on the Port. This timeline makes our mission to support the workers and businesses impacted in the interim all that much more important, to ensure they get what’s needed between now and the channels opening.

"I want to thank the Unified Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for keeping the safe reopening of the federal channel their top priority. We are going to continue working every single day to make this happen and bring our City back stronger than before the same way we’ve done everything – together."

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