Governor Wes Moore Statement on Full Re-Opening of the Fort McHenry Channel

Published: 6/10/2024

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Wes Moore this evening released the following statement on the public release by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the full reopening of the Fort McHenry Channel following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge:

“One of our four key directives in the wake of the Key Bridge collapse has been to fully clear the federal channel. Today, we bring that directive to completion. By working together, we turned months into weeks – and bounced back faster than many could have ever anticipated.

​​I applaud and sincerely appreciate the dedication, commitment, and focus of Unified Command and the partnership from the Biden-Harris Administration and our federal delegation. This has been a remarkably complex operation, spanning thousands of people, hundreds of assets, and multiple objectives. This is government cooperation at its best—we can get big things done when we work together.

With the channel now fully open, we can get more Marylanders back to work at the Port of Baltimore, increase the flow of commerce through the city, and accelerate our economic recovery. But our work is not over until we rebuild the Francis Scott Key Bridge. 

When we stand united, we achieve our goals. Together, we will continue to prove the full meaning of Maryland Tough and Baltimore Strong.”