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WisDOT finds cause of Leo Frigo Bridge sag


State transportation leaders are looking for ways to pay for a major bridge repair in Green Bay.

The Leo Frigo Bridge remains closed after it started sagging.

The bridge carries Interstate 43 over the Fox River.

Federal money may be part of the solution to fix the Leo Frigo Bridge.

"We are very optimistic we are going to receive that funding," said Kim Rudat, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northeast Regional Communications Manager

About 40,000 vehicles cross the bridge every weekday. All that traffic stopped last week when drivers reported a sag in the bridge. Now, transportation leaders say they know what's causing it.

"What we found there was the piling did buckle on Pier 22," said Tom Buchholz, Project Manager.

Unusual soil conditions caused the metal pilings to corrode. Crews are still sampling the soil. So far, they've found three other piers have the same soil conditions that Pier 22 had. It was that soil that caused the corrosion that led to the buckling. Soil samples have found the other piers to be sound.

"Now I want to emphasize that the bridge is not in danger of collapse. We don't believe it is," said Rudat.

Now The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is looking for a way to fix the bridge and for ways to pay for it.

Leaders say the government shutdown will not affect if federal funding is granted or not.

"If the bridge is deemed eligible for those funds, it would consist of 100% funding for the first 180 days and that would be retroactive back to Wednesday, September 25," said Will Dorsey, WisDOT Director.

There is some good news. Transportation officials say the bridge has not moved since it began to settle. No has been hurt.

Officials say they don't know when the bridge will open again. It will be closed this Sunday for the Packers home game.

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