The Associated Pennsylvania Constructors expresses its deepest sympathies and stands in support of our neighbors to the south in the aftermath of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse this morning, March 26.

Our hearts are broken for the members of the highway construction community who were on the bridge when the tragic event occurred. Our thoughts are with all who have been impacted by this tremendous loss and with the courageous first responders leading the recovery efforts.

While the community and families impacted by this tragedy will always be the foremost concern, we also recognize the chasm this incident leaves in a major East Coast transportation and shipping hub.

The Francis Scott Key Bridge was one of the longest continuous-truss bridges in the country, carrying 11.3 million vehicles a year according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Its collapse also disrupts one of America’s busiest ports for car shipments as well as agriculture equipment and products.

The loss of this piece of infrastructure underscores the vital importance of a sound, interconnected transportation network.

We’ve seen the highway construction community come together in times of great tragedy and support our partners in Maryland as we rise again during this difficult time.