GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Officials say the bridge that carries Interstate 43 over the Fox River in Green Bay will remain closed indefinitely after a concrete support pier settled by more than 2 feet.
The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge was closed early Wednesday when a long, deep dip was discovered in the pavement about 5 a.m.
Gov. Scott Walker says the state will fix the bridge, emphasizing its importance to northwestern Wisconsin's economy.
State Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb says the bridge is not in danger of collapsing.
But Kim Rudat, the DOT's Northeast Region spokesman, says the closure could last months or even a year.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS RELEASE) --The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region in Green Bay is announcing the Leo Frigo Bridge and the portion of I-43 from Atkinson Road to Webster Avenue is closed to northbound and southbound traffic. A signed detour using WIS 172 is in place. I-43 northbound traffic can exit to WIS 172 westbound to US 41 northbound to I-43 northbound. Southbound 1-43 traffic can follow US 41 southbound to WIS 172 eastbound to I-43 southbound.
WisDOT does not have a time as to when I-43 will reopen. We are currently evaluating the cause of the closure. We will have no further details until a news conference this afternoon.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) --Police have closed an interstate bridge that spans the Fox River in Green Bay after a large section of pavement sagged.
Authorities tell WLUK-TV a section of the Interstate 43 bridge, about 150 to 200 yards long, dipped about three feet across all four lanes. No one has been injured.
Police closed the bridge, known as the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge, before sunrise Wednesday. State transportation officials are assessing the bridge.