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.
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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.
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