GREEN BAY - There’s no indication how long the Leo Frigo Bridge will be closed, but it'll be for a long time.
State officials can't even start making repairs until they know why the pier sank as far as it did.
But the DOT is acting now to help drivers who break down in the increased traffic around the bridge.
Since the Leo Frigo Bridge closed on Wednesday, state officials say 25 to 30,000 more vehicles are traveling on Highway 172 each day.
The state is adding another one to that roadway, to help disabled drivers.
The Freeway Service Team truck started patrolling Monday morning.
"They'll be constantly moving, they won't be sitting around, and if they see somebody that needs some help, they'll be out there helping them out,” said Randy Asman, DOT traffic engineer.
The truck is out Monday through Friday during morning and evening rush hours. It will also be on patrol during special events, such as Packers games.
Authorities say if drivers have an issue, they should call 911 instead of a towing company. Dispatch then notifies the freeway service truck and authorities.
"Usually it's going to work out faster if they call us. Due to the increased traffic, most of the time, they want the emergency vehicle along with the tow truck to get traffic to slow down,” said Dan Delebreau, Brown County Sheriff’s Department.
Drivers should remember to stay in their vehicles after they pull over. State law says other drivers need to move into another lane or slow down when emergency vehicles are on the shoulder.
The Freeway Service Team assists free of charge.
"It can fill up people with gas, they can change tires, they can tow someone who's been in a fender bender, they can be used as traffic control, they've actually towed semis,” said Asman.
Right now, the DOT is paying for the costs associated with the truck. They hope the driver's salary will be covered by federal emergency funds.
Another truck has been patrolling U.S. 41 since reconstruction began on that highway. The DOT says the vehicle has been key to helping traffic flow in that area.
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