GREEN BAY - Help has arrived for the closed Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay.
Construction crews began installing a temporary support structure Monday morning.
It's designed to keep workers safe and prevent the bridge from sagging any further.
Heavy equipment was on the move Monday morning under the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay.
The Department of Transportation says Lunda Construction out of Black River Falls has been contracted to do the work.
“What we're going to be doing is drilling for the supports for the piles if you will. For the temporary towers that are going to go up,” said Kim Rudat, DOT regional communications manager. “What we have to do is start from below the ground and work our way up.”
DOT plans call for two truss towers to sit 55 feet from Pier 22 on each side. Lateral support will also be installed at the top of Pier 22, as well as piers 21, 23 and 25.
Highway officials say corrosion was found near those piers, but 22 was the most severe.
“When we put the towers up, that's going to prevent the bridge from sagging further, and putting more weight on Pier 22 that has settled,” said Rudat.
The DOT says as part of its investigation, soil samples need to be taken from each of the 51 piers that make up the Leo Frigo Bridge. That includes those over the Fox River.
“The timeline is that we're going to bring in a barge. That's going to be Wednesday, and we'll be doing that on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Rudat. “We're out there finishing up our on site investigation, but remember we still have to do analysis of the material that we've gotten.”
The DOT says the cost of the stabilization project is estimated at $1.57 million. Emergency federal highway dollars will pay for the work. Construction of the support structure could take several weeks.
DOT officials say the bridge remains closed. They say it will be at least three weeks until an announcement is made about when it is expected to open again.
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