Tuesday's deadly bridge collapse in Maryland, could impact the supply chain.

The Port of Baltimore is now closed and transportation secretary Pete Buttiegeg warns, returning to normal will take a long time and it'll be costly.

The port is a critical hub for cargo, in and out of the U-S.

Dr. Bob Badowski, Chair of the school of business at Westminster College, says the bridge plays an important role especially when it comes to shipping.

"There's about a billion dollars worth of goods that kind of go into the Port of Baltimore every week, most of those being automobile type things in bulk cargo. So there's a lot of things that go in and out of Baltimore all the time," Badowski said.

Rebuilding the bridge will take time and money. Badowski says it may even see a few bumps in the road, long term, with getting the things we need on a daily basis.

"You might see things take a little longer to get there with different routes, the supply chain, people are working hard to get those things taken care of. I think they learned a lot during COVID years," said Badowski. "According to what I'm hearing, those ports can absorb what Baltimore is taking, but ultimately long term depending on how long it takes them to clear that waterway, we could see supply chain issues down the road," he said.

Badowski says we won't notice any changes right away though and the effects on the supply chain we may see won't be catastrophic.