Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay Develops Major Sag; Traffic Rerouted

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 07:04 PM

By Robin Farmer

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A large sag in the pavement of the Leo Frigo Bridge has led to its indefinite closure to Interstate 43 traffic in Green Bay, Wis.

The dip, which may have developed early Wednesday morning, crosses all four lanes and is about 150 yards long and up to 4 feet deep, police told WBAY-TV 2.

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“It’s going to be closed today and tomorrow and probably is going to be closed longer,” Kim Rudat, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman, told the Green Bay Press Gazette on Wednesday. “We have staff out there assessing the situation. ... We don’t know how serious the situation is.”

Opened in 1981, the bridge carries more than 30,000 vehicles daily.

“We’re encouraging people to take alternative routes, whether that’s Wisconsin 172 or the Tilleman bridge (on Mason Street),” Green Bay police Lt. Kevin Warych told the newspaper. “We’re experiencing quite the backup in the city.”

A driver reportedly alerted officials to the significant buckling, according to News-radio 620 WTMJ.

Earlier this year work was completed on the bridge as part of a nearly $17 million project to improve several miles of Interstate 43.

The bridge’s indefinite closure drew a mixed reaction from online commenters on the Green Bay Press Gazette story.

“A 'Dip' three to four feet deep is not a dip — it's a hole. Wow!” wrote one poster.

Wrote another: “Looking at the pictures...you better grab a snickers 'cause its gonna be awhile. The ‘road’ didn't dip; the whole structure settled and that unfortunately is more than a 2 day fix.”

Said another commenter: “This is happening all over the country. That 800 billion dollars in stimulus should have gone to projects like this, instead of being funneled to corporations, unions, and politicians. Thought your ride home from Lambeau was long enough already? Just wait and see what happens if we get a home playoff game.”

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