BALTIMORE (NEWSnet/AP) — The main shipping channel into Baltimore’s port has fully reopened to its original depth and width following the March collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The channel was blocked by the wreckage of the fallen bridge, which collapsed after a container ship lost power and crashed into one of its supporting columns, sending six members of a roadwork crew to their deaths.

Officials announced the full reopening in a news release Monday evening. After a massive cleanup effort, crews removed an estimated 50,000 tons of steel and concrete from the Patapsco River.

The Port of Baltimore, which processes more cars and farm equipment than any other in the country, was effectively closed for several weeks while the wreckage was removed.

On May 20, the wayward cargo ship Dali was reflected and guided back to port. The vessel had been stuck amid the wreckage for almost two months.

Thousands of longshoremen, truckers and small business owners have seen their jobs impacted by the collapse, prompting local and state officials to prioritize reopening the port.

The announcement on Monday means commerce that depends on the busy port can begin ramping back up.

The Dali lost power shortly after leaving Baltimore for Sri Lanka in the early hours of March 26.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigation found it experienced power outages before starting its voyage, but the exact causes of the electrical issues have yet to be determined.

The FBI is also conducting a criminal investigation into the circumstances leading up to the collapse.

Officials have said they hope to rebuild the bridge by 2028.

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