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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during his visit in Philly Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 20, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

Biden to Visit Baltimore and Help Accelerate Salvage Efforts 

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March 30, 2024

By Jordan Fabian (Bloomberg) President Joe Biden said he will head to Baltimore next week as the US seeks to accelerate emergency work to clear and reconstruct the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Biden will travel with Maryland Governor Wes Moore, the president told reporters Friday as he returned from a fundraising trip to New York. He didn’t elaborate on the timing of the visit. The US Department of Transportation is providing $60 million in immediate funding, the first portion of billions of dollars in expected costs to rebuild the bridge and reopen the port of Baltimore. Secretary Pete Buttigieg pledged further resources as the project continues.

Also Read: Demolition Work Begins On The Francis Scott Key Bridge

Biden’s record funding major infrastructure is a central theme of his reelection bid. Federal officials told Maryland lawmakers that replacing the 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer) bridge would cost at least $2 billion including cleanup. 

The Singapore-flagged Dali cargo ship slammed into the bridge on Tuesday after experiencing a loss of propulsion. On Friday, massive cranes began to arrive at the site as crews prepared to clear the wreckage.

By Jordan Fabian and Michelle Jamrisko © 2024 Bloomberg L.P.

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