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Engineer: Baltimore collapse will change how bridges are built

March 28, 2024


Safeguarding a bridge against a major collision with a container ship is not “economically feasible,” Ben Schafer, professor of civil and systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University said during a Wednesday call with reporters. Schafer called the Key Bridge protections “modest,” saying “something like a small fishing vessel or a pleasure cruise wouldn’t be able to hit the piers directly.” The Dali is 984 feet long.

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