Leo Frigo Bridge Closes For Repairs

The Leo Frigo bridge has closed for repairs. Traffic was halted when authorities discovered a dip in the roadway. The damage was discovered just before 5 am.

The dip is reportedly close to 200 yards long and three feet deep. All four lanes included in the damage.

Green Bay officials say nobody was injured on the bridge. However, the repair is a necessity. After an initial assessment, it appears that the damage is not structural. Officials say there is no danger of collapse.

As reported by Fox 11 News, northbound Interstate 43 traffic is being rerouted to Highway 172 westbound, Highway 41 northbound, then returning to Interstate 43.

Southbound I-43 traffic is being rerouted from Highway 41 south, to Highway 172 east, returning to I-43.

As reported by Journal Sentinel, inspectors say the damage was likely caused by settling.

The bridge will remain closed indefinitely as the inspections continue. Kim Rudat with the Department of Transportation says the bridge’s structure must be examined to determine the cause and extent of the damage.

The Leo Frigo bridge underwent a complete overhaul earlier this year. The repairs included resurfacing the road, replacing bridge joints, and repainting. Access gates and traffic cameras were also added to the bridge.

Previously called the Tower Drive Bridge, the name was later changed to honor Leo Frigo. Following his retirement, Frigo volunteered to rehabilitate parolees.

He eventually opened and ran Paul’s Pantry, which provided food to the poor. The bridge was renamed following Frigo’s accidental death in 2001.

As reported by Bridge Hunter, the bridge was originally built in 1979. At its longest point, the bridge is over 450 feet. The bridge crosses the Fox River as part of Interstate 43. At its highest point, the bridge rises 120 feet above the river.

Authorities are unsure how long the Leo Frigo bridge will remain closed. However, they are making every effort to ensure the bridge is repaired and safe for travel.

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