Leo Frigo Bridge Closure Impacting Drivers
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- Forty thousand vehicles a day travel across the Leo Frigo bridge, according to the Department of Transportation. Today those drivers were stuck in detours, trying to get around the bridge closure and many say all this traffic is a headache they don't need.
Traffic backups hitting drivers unexpectedly Wednesday morning and one of those drivers was Roger Rydzewski. He was on his way to work, he's a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
"I didn't know about it and when I got to the highway 43 I had to detour down Atkinson," said, a very annoyed Rydzewski.
Detours taking traffic downtown, where so many cars coming through caused police to have to manually operate traffic lights to prevent accidents.
"It's just good to get them moving with heavy traffic, people get impatient. We're just trying to get them out of here," said Green Bay Police officer, Steve Krouth.
However, drivers say the backups are still bad. Chad Buntin owns Buntin construction and he spent his lunch hour helping his guys find alternate routes home after work.
"We're talking about the possibility of having to leave early to get to some things they need to do this evening in Pulaski," said Buntin.
Leaving early is something the D.O.T. says drivers should plan for now with the bridge under inspection. Drivers are being forced to adjust their normal commute.
"Trying to figure out what streets to take because I'm not used to that area," said Rydzewski, about the alternate routes in place.
Drivers are being asked not to use the freeways if they don't have to. Officers will continue to operate traffic lights as needed to try and keep traffic flowing.