Green Bay Bridge Closed: Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge Long, Deep Dip Cause Immediate Closure Until Problem Solved, Commute To Packers Game In Question
By Staff Writer | September 27, 2013 04:49 PM EDT
Green Bay bridge closed because a concrete support pier settled by about two feet appeared to have stopped moving, causing an immediate closure of the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge.
Like Us on Facebook
The Green Bay bridge closed around 5 a.m. Wednesday after a long, deep dip was discovered. The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge carries around 40,000 cars a day over the Fox River on Interstate 43.
Drivers were directed in different ways around the Green Bay bridge after it closed. It will remain closed until the problem is taken care of.
DOT spokesman Kim Rudat told the Washington Post that this closure should not affect the travels of fans to Green Bay for the Packers game on Sunday. He added, "Anyone who's been in Green Bay on Packer day knows it's slow going, and they've got to plan their route.
As far as accidents and anything else bad that went on or could have went wrong during the closure, Jerry Baranczyk, said he left 10 to 15 minutes early to get to his job with Procter & Gamble, but he was glad he hadn't done that on Wednesday.
"I was just lucky I didn't leave too early," Jerry Baranczyk told WLUK-TV. "I would have been going across it about the time they shut down."
Lori Wescott was just about to get onto the bridge when a police officer pulled her over and told her to take another way to work.
"After knowing what happened, I got really scared," she told the television station.
The pier settled unevenly, with one side dipping 22 inches and the other settling about 27 inches, according to the Post. The dip in the pavement stretches across the width of the bridge, but does not appear to have affected other areas, Bill Dreher, a DOT engineer and stuctures design chief said.
"We want to make sure it's stable first, and then we'll decide what we can to do get in there and check it out," Dreher said.
© 2015 KpopStarz. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Tagged : world news
Latest Photo Gallery
Editorial 08.04.15 | 12:39PM EDT
North America's largest K-pop convention, KCON 2015, was held in sunny Los Angeles, California this past weekend where tens of thousands of fans flocked to celebrate all things Hallyu. Here are five ways the event managed to blow their minds.
Comeback / Teaser / Music Video 08.04.15 | 10:34AM EDT
With SHINee's new music video, many fans have been shocked by the horror element, but others have noticed a strange guy at the end - a member that they don't recognize.
Scandals 08.04.15 | 10:22AM EDT
Online commenters were abuzz at the rare sighting of the celebrity couple Sulli and Choiza looking sweet, but the photo fueled more speculation that the singer will not be returning to promote with her group, f(x).
A new K-pop act will debut under the Korean record label known for rock groups CNBLUE and FT Island, soloist Juniel, and girl group AOA. The yet unnamed act will be revealed sometime in the first part of 2016.