GREEN BAY - It will still be a couple weeks before state transportation officials have a plan for how and when to repair the sagging I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge. It was closed three weeks ago today.
The top of the Leo Frigo Bridge remains bare, but underneath we're getting a first look at work to stabilize the bridge.
“Hammering a nail basically, only a much bigger scale,” said Bruce Enke, Technical Services Chief for the DOT.
Lateral support around four bridge piers is nearly complete. In about three weeks, two temporary steel towers should be complete to keep the bridge from sagging farther. However, drivers still won't be allowed to cross the bridge.
“We believe the bridge is not in danger of collapsing,” said Kim Rudat, the DOT’s regional communication manager. “Obviously we're putting these towers to make sure we protect our investment, if you will.”
DOT officials say they now know they will likely need to replace underground pilings, some corroded, on seven piers, numbers 19 through 25. Number 22 is the one that dropped about two feet below its normal level, causing the sag.
“The problem is not above the ground, the problem is down in the ground with the foundation,” said Enke.
Between the stabilization and taking soil samples, plenty of work remains out here at the bridge. DOT officials say that work extends across the country in consultant offices, with experts coming up with a permanent solution.
“We are going to announce that in the next few weeks,” said Rudat. “We are going to come to the public and we're going to provide the public with what we're going to do and how long it's going to take and when we expect that road to open back up.”
DOT officials say they still need test results from the soil around all seven at-risk piers before they can complete their repair plan.
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