DOT: Leo Frigo Bridge Closed 'For a Long Period of Time'
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GREEN BAY, Wis-- The Leo Frigo Bridge is closed and could remain shut down indefinitely after inspectors with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation found what is being reported as a large dip on the roadway.
At a news conference in Green Bay, the Department of Transportation says the settling of a pier, located on land, caused the dip on the road surface. Pier 22 is the structure in question. There is no timetable for when the bridge will reopen. "It could be weeks, months, maybe a year." Regional Communications Manager Kim Rudat explained.
Governor Scott Walker addressed the media. "Our number one objective is public safety." Walker said. "We are committed with working with our partners on the local and federal level to determine what happened at pier 22."
Drivers are being rerouted at Atkinson and Webster. Detour signs are posted. The DOT says take I-43 northbound traffic should exit to HWY 172 west to HWY 41, then north to i-43 southbound.
Southbound traffic can follow HWY 41 south to HWY 172 to I-43.
Green Bay Police say drivers should avoid the area if possible. Green Bay Police say drivers should use caution through the detour route and use areas like the Mason Street bridge to cross the Fox River.
Officers also ask pedestrians to be careful and use marked crosswalks for their safety.
An investigation is also underway into the impact of shipping into the Port of Green Bay through the Fox River.
The DOT Plans daily updates on the investigation.
Join us for Live Team Coverage of the Leo Frigo Bridge closing tonight on NBC26 Live at 5:00 & 6:00.