Walker Signs Declaration Asking for Federal Emergency Relief
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GREEN BAY, Wis.- Governor Scott Walker signed an order asking for Federal help in repairing the Leo Frigo Bridge. The governor calls the bridge an important transportation link to Brown County and Wisconsin, but there could be a catch in securing that money. It all depends on how Pier 22 sunk into the ground.
Dave Randow says traffic is a mess with the Leo Frigo bridge out.
"We could tell that there was quite a bit more traffic then there probably normally would be," said Randow, at a gas station on his way back from Door County.
Heavy traffic on detour routes is why Walker sees an urgency in getting the Leo Frigo Bridge repaired and open again.
"This is an important first step in terms of hopefully having assistance from the federal government," said Governor Walker.
That assistance would cover cost of repairs for the first 180 days, but in order to get the money, engineers must find what caused Pier 22 to settle and damage the roadway.
"It has to be a specific incident or failure that was caused by some external force," said Department of Transportation Secretary, Mark Gottlieb.
Experts are being brought in to find out what went wrong.
"We have our consultants on board now. We have federal highways helping us too, our team is meeting as we speak," said D.O.T. Northeast Region Communication Manager, Kim Rudat.
They're all working for one cause, to fix the bridge.
"I think it's really important to get it repaired as quickly as possible," said Randow.
The D.O.T. says crews will work through the weekend to determine a cause of the failure. It will be after that process before we know how much it will cost to fix the bridge.