Long term problems for transit in Baltimore with bridge collapse.

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Long term problems for transit in Baltimore with bridge collapse.
Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 8:38 PM

For you posters in the Baltimore area how will the city, State, MARC, MTA & Amtrak deal with the effects on getting around the city and region? Traffic flows, & bus routes may need many changes.  New Piers definitely the one hit and maybe the pier to right in picture,  As well all others will need inspection to determine if any damage.  Then the engineering  & construction of a different design will take what 2 - 3 years?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 8:42 PM

I wonnder if they would consider a tunnel replacement?

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Posted by Overmod on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 11:07 PM

We covered this in the other thread that has now been "disappeared".

The two other harbor crossings are tunnels.  A range of hazardous material is not permitted in tunnels, including a sizable amount of the industrial traffic that used the Key bridge.  A tunnel across the outer harbor would need to be long, with what might be serious grades either side of the channel requiring increased fuel burn, and would have ventilation issues.

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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 9:12 AM

I wonnder if they would consider a tunnel replacement?

The bridge was constructed primarily because of the cargo restrictions in the tunnels - NO HAZMAT.  Without the bridge in place, through HAZMAT must now utilize the heavily congested Baltimore Beltway from the I-95 interchange South of the city to the I-95 Interchange Northeast of the city - a trip of approximately 40 miles.  The route using the FSK Bridge was approximately 20 miles and those 20 miles have much less local traffic than does the Beltway tying together all the Southeast, West, Northwest, North and Northeast suburban communities, which are more heavily populated than the FSK Bridge route

The bridge collapse will have little effect on traffic routing within Baltimore City itself.

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