Politics & Government
1:46 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Governor Issues Declaration to Hasten Repairs on Major Green Bay Bridge

On Wednesday, the state closed the I-43 Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay, after a section of it sank more than two feet. Engineers say a support pillar settled, causing the dip.

Engineers are calculating ways to fortify the bridge

Gov. Walker signed a Declaration of Emergency on Friday, making the bridge eligible for federal funds to begin making repairs. The funds would cover the first 180 days of the work.

Walker calls the bridge an important transportation link and commerce tool for Brown County and the state. Every day, nearly 40,000 vehicles have used the bridge. It carries them over the Fox River, at the mouth of Green Bay.

State DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb says engineers are developing a repair plan, while local traffic officials have set up alternative routes.