BALTIMORE (NEWSnet/AP) — A tugboat pushing a barge was the first vessel to use an alternate channel to bypass wreckage of Baltimore’s collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The barge, supplying jet fuel to U.S. Department of Defense departed late Monday and is destined for Dover Air Force Base.

The temporary channel is open primarily to vessels used for the cleanup project. Some barges and tugs that have been stuck in the Port of Baltimore since the collapse are scheduled to pass through the channel.

Officials said they're working on a second channel on the southwest side of the main channel to accommodate deeper-draft vessels.

Gov. Wes Moore on Tuesday is expected to visit one of two centers that Small Business Administration opened to help companies obtain loans for recovery of losses caused by disruption from the collapse.

President Joe Biden is expected to visit the site Friday.

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