GREEN BAY - After two days of investigation, it doesn't sound like a vehicle will be on the Leo Frigo Bridge anytime soon.
Department of Transportation officials say right now, they are more focused on making sure the bridge is stable than setting a schedule for repairs.
If there is any good news to take out of a sagging Leo Frigo Bridge, it is that it hasn't sagged any farther.
“We haven't detected any further movement in Pier 22 or in the adjacent piers,” said Kim Rudat, DOT Regional Communication Manager.
The DOT believes the ground settled under Pier 22, causing the dip in the bridge. DOT video shows the base of the pier on the north end is 22 inches below where it should be and 27 inches on its southern end.
“Based on what we're seeing over time, we're not seeing any movements,” said Bill Dreher, DOT Structures Design Chief. “So we're pretty confident at this time that its stable.”
A handful of national experts are on site to work with state, regional, and local engineers. The Federal Highway Administration has offered its resources to the project.
“Right now the idea is to look at the bridge, find out what's wrong, make sure it's stable, come up with a plan to fix it and then fix it,” said Rudat.
How long that will take remains unknown.
“Depending on what we find, that will dictate how long this investigation will take, but I can say we're bringing forward all resources as necessary to expedite this inspection and find out what happened and get it solved,” said Dreher.
Another question unanswered is whether federal or state money will pay for repairs.
“To be honest with you, we don't know right now how the money is going to shake out, but it will once we come up with a plan to fix it,” said Rudat.
DOT officials say they hope to share a plan with the public at some point next week.
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In the meantime, drivers are being urged to be patient and plan for extra time as they find alternate routes through Green Bay.
The detour route takes northbound Interstate 43 drivers to Webster Ave., south to Main St., west to Broadway, north to Mather St., west to Velp Ave., west to Atkinson Dr. and north back to I-43. Southbound drivers can reverse those directions. Police recommend crossing the Fox River at Mason Street because that bridge is designed to handle larger amounts of traffic.
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