Skanska’s Francis Scott Key Bridge recovery work worth $50m

Skanska has revealed that recovery and salvage work at the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, USA, is worth a total of US$50 million.

Aerial photo from Maryland State Police showing the bridge site on 28 May. Photo: Maryland State Police

The company started debris removal, disposal, and clean-up at the site in April 2024 and is due to complete works in July this year.

The bridge collapsed on 26 March after being struck by a container ship.

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which has overseen a review of the damage to the bridge as well as the removal and management of debris, there is an estimated 50,000 tonnes of steel and concrete across the collapsed span of the bridge. That equates to the weight of more than 3,800 fully loaded dump trucks (based on an average 13-ton weight).

Skanska is responsible for work at spans 17, 19, 20, 21 and 22 of the bridge after its collapse.

At the end of last month, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) published a request for proposals (RFP) for design-build teams interested in rebuilding the bridge.

The RFP, which was published on 31 May, calls for proposals to rebuild the 1970s-built landmark and to reconnect the I-695 Baltimore Beltway which the bridge had supported across the Patspco River.

The agency said that it plans to use a two-phase progressive design-build process where designers and builders work together from the start of the replacement in order to encourage efficiency.

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