October 31, 2014

Walker signs emergency declaration for sagging bridge

Governor Scott Walker has signed a Declaration of Emergency for the high-rise bridge in Green Bay that sagged two feet earlier this week, forcing officials to shut down a major route through the city.

The executive order makes the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge eligible for federal reimbursement to help cover the first 180 days of repairs. The order applies to both the bridge and the adjoining pavement on Interstate-43 along the north edge of Green Bay, from Webster Avenue to Atkinson Road.

A support pier for the bridge unexpected sank a couple of feet late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Both state and federal engineers are trying to figure out why that happened, before they announce how they plan to fix the problem. Officials say the bridge has not sagged any more since early Wednesday

About 40,000 vehicles use the bridge each day. All traffic will be diverted to alternate routes for at least the next several months.