Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore: 11 million vehicles pass through it a year and was immortalized in The Wire

Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore: 11 million vehicles pass through it a year and was immortalized in The Wire

The Francis Scott Key Bridge Baltimorewhich collapsed today after a freighter collided with it, It is the largest bridge in this city in the state of Maryland, it has a length of 2,632 meters and more than 11 million vehicles pass through it a year.

This bridge was immortalized by “The Wire”, a successful American television series set in Baltimore about judicial wiretapping of a police group and in which many of its characters are based on real people from the city.

Named after poet Francis Scott Key, author of the lyrics to the American anthem, construction of the current bridge began in 1972 and was dedicated on March 23, 1977. The structure crosses the lower Patapsco River between Hawkins Point and Sollers Point and the I-695 highway (Baltimore Beltway) runs through it.

Map marking where the accident occurred. (EFE Agency)

The bridge that collapsed today is, according to the Historic Sites organization, heir to the one built between 1833 and 1843 with stone pillars, demolished in 1915, and the one that replaced it, a concrete arch inaugurated in 1923 already named after Francis Scott Key because the artist lived in a nearby area at the beginning of the 19th century. Originally the bridge was known as ‘Outer Harbor Crossing’.

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