The aftershocks following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore on March 26, 2024, involving a 984-foot-long cargo ship, will linger for months, if not years.

The aftershocks following the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore on March 26, 2024, involving a 984-foot-long cargo ship, will linger for months, if not years, said Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. The incident killed six workers and crippled a major transportation link around the city.

“This work will not take days,” said Moore. “This work will not just take weeks. We have a very long road ahead of us.”

Product delays are not expected for the glass and glazing industries, but traffic woes are anticipated. In the absence of an I-695 bridge, alternate routes for harbor crossings include I-95 or I-895 tunnels, where delays are expected.

A Maryland Glass and Mirror Company official said the impacts of the disaster have rippled across Baltimore. The city is coping with losing six pothole-repair crew members working on the bridge and facing logistical challenges following the loss of the well-traveled bridge. The official said emotions are still raw. However, the Baltimore-based company does not anticipate supply issues but expects to contend with delivery and commute challenges.

According to the Maryland Transportation Authority, the bridge carried 11.3 million vehicles annually and around 30,000 commuters daily. It was a vital transportation route for East Coast drivers, especially between New York and Washington, D.C.

Not only is traffic rerouted, but the incident has added a new headache for the global supply chain. Government officials said the blocked shipping channel will disrupt East Coast shipping, leading to delays for various industries, including the machinery sector. Officials said port operations are not expected to normalize any time soon. This comes as the shipping industry has weathered a rocky several years, with wars in Europe and the Middle East, water shortages at the Panama Canal and rising interest rates increasing costs.

Bindiya Vakil, chief executive of Resilinc, a supply chain management company, told The Washington Post that roughly 3,200 factories, warehouses and distribution centers are within a 30-mile radius of the port. She explained to the outlet that the port’s closure could disrupt shipments of 7,000 parts or components and 3,300 finished products, according to the company’s database. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said more than $100 million in cargo moves in and out of the Port of Baltimore daily.

Experts said the bridge could be rebuilt within two years or the next decade, depending on various factors, such as design plans, the condition of the bridge’s underwater foundation and funding. President Joe Biden said he expects the federal government to pay for the bridge’s construction. He called the bridge “one of the most important elements for the economy in the Northeast and the quality of life.”

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