GREEN BAY - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says it appears a pier helping to hold up the Leo Frigo Bridge has sunk farther.
Transportation officials also now say repairs will cost about $50 million.
With work reaching nine days to solve the sinking Leo Frigo Bridge, inspectors have discovered Pier 22 has sunk an additional half inch in the last few days. The pier was already about two feet below its normal level.
“Remember we have dug down and we uncovered some of the piling, some of the buckling and that sort of thing, that may have dislodged some of that lateral support,” said Kim Rudat, DOT Regional Communication Manager.
Insurance is on the way. The DOT has two conceptual plans for temporary towers to stabilize the sagging part of the bridge.
“We think the bridge is still stable, but we think it's the prudent thing to do is to move ahead with these towers,” said Rudat.
The safety towers could be here within the week.
The stabilization will cost between $1 million and $2 million. The money will come from the federal Emergency Relief Program.
Federal funds will cover 100% of emergency repairs within 180 days of the bridge's closure last Wednesday. After that, the feds will pick up 90% of the costs.
“180 days, we're not going to set that as our goal just because of the funding,” said Rudat.
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The investigation has centered around 16 of the bridge's 51 piers, from Quincy Street to the Fox River. Test excavation found corrosion to the pilings most severe under Pier 22. Corrosion was also found under piers 21, 23 and 25.
“Piling failing isn't something you hear in bridges,” said Tom Buchholz, the project manager.
Inspectors say the pilings under those piers are sturdy enough to support the bridge. The DOT still doesn't know when it will finalize a repair plan.
“Two weeks? I don't know,” said Rudat. “A month? Not sure. Could be as early as next week.”
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