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BRIDGE SHIFT CAUSES SAG IN MORNING COMMUTE FOR CHEESEHEADS

b99106394z.1_20130925222408_000_gps2lsgt.1-1BRAD MERRIMAN – JOURNALIST – TACD NEWS – On Wednesday a 911 operator received one of the strangest calls of her career. The caller said “There’s a part that’s sagging. Instead of a bump, it’s a dip,”  The motorist was referring too the Leo Frigo Bridge over the Fox River in Green Bay Wisconsin.  The bridge apparently shifted due possibly to the settling of pier 22, it was already known that this pier has sunk 2 feet in recent months.  This shift cause a 400 foot span of the bridge to sag, causing a large dip in the roadway.   This bridge carries roughly 40,000 vehicles daily, and is now closed, making the commute a nightmare “We understand the disruption this is going to cause to traffic,” Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said.

The bridge was built-in 1980, and inspected last in 2012.  At the time of the inspection according to Kim Rudat, regional communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the bridge was deemed sound and safe, but was renovated shortly after.

#wisconsin, #bridge, #I-43, #sag, #dip, #leofrigo, #bridgeclosure

RELATED ARTICLES

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/26/us/wisconsin-bridge-sagging/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

MILWUAKEE – WISCONSIN SENTINEL JOURNAL: http://www.jsonline.com/news/traffic/i-43-bridge-in-green-bay-closed-after-dip-reported-b99106394z1-225168872.html

GREENBAY PRESS GAZETTE: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20130925/GPG0101/309250360/

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