State Officials: No Need to Worry About Fuel Pipeline Near Sunken Bridge

Sep 30, 2013

An underground fuel pipeline lies about 12 feet from a support pier for a highway bridge that sank in Green Bay.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman Kim Rudat says the pipeline is sound and has been clearly marked.  He says officials are not concerned about its safety so far.

Officials closed the Leo Frigo Bridge last week after the pier sank, causing a two foot dip in the pavement.  The pipeline runs from Chicago into Wisconsin and carries gasoline and diesel to Green Bay. 

A spokesman for West Shore Pipe Line Company of Illinois says it is monitoring the situation and can turn off the pipeline easily.

The Federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Monday said it was checking whether it has jurisdiction.