DOT: Leo Frigo Bridge closed 'for a long period of time'

CREATED Sep. 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 27, 2013

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  • Leo Frigo Bridge is closed after police discovered a large dip across all lanes of the roadway. Image by WI Department of Transportation

  • Traffic is halted on the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay. Drivers are being detoured to HWY 172 and HWY 41 as inspectors determine what caused a large dip across the roadway. Image by WI Department of Transportation

  • Side view of the Leo Frigo Bridge, closed after inspectors discovered a large dip across the roadway. Image by Brian Milller

  • Drivers are being routed through downtown Green Bay to avoid the Leo Frigo Bridge, closed due to a large dip across the roadway. Image by Raquel Lamal

  • Heavy traffic is being reported across downtown Green Bay as traffic is detoured away from the closed Leo Frigo Bridge Image by Raquel Lamal

  • Traffic is moving slowly in portions of downtown Green Bay after authorities close the Leo Frigo Bridge. A large dip in the roadway has forced the closure for at least two days. Image by Raquel Lamal

  • Barriers block access to the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay after a large dip was discovered in the roadway. Image by Brian Miller

  • Image by Wisconsin DOT

  • Barriers block access to the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay after a large dip was discovered in the roadway. Image by Brian Miller

  • Side view of the Leo Frigo Bridge, closed after inspectors discovered a large dip across the roadway. Image by Brian Milller

  • Leo Frigo Bridge is closed after police discovered a large dip across all lanes of the roadway. Image by WI Department of Transportation

  • Traffic is halted on the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay. Drivers are being detoured to HWY 172 and HWY 41 as inspectors determine what caused a large dip across the roadway. Image by WI Department of Transportation

  • Traffic is shut down on the Leo Frigo Bridge (Tower Drive) in Green Bay. The WIsconsin DOT is inspecting the surface after discovering a dip in the roadway. 9/25/13. Image by Wisconsin Department of Transportation

GREEN BAY - The Leo Frigo Bridge is closed and could remain shut down indefinitely after inspectors with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation found what is being reported as a large dip on the roadway.

Video of the Leo Frigo Bridge

At a news conference in Green Bay, the Department of Transportation says the settling of a pier, located on land, caused the dip on the road surface. Pier 22 is the structure in question. There is no timetable for when the bridge will reopen.

"It could be weeks, months, maybe a year." Regional Communications Manager Kim Rudat explained.

Governor Scott Walker also addressed the media on Wednesday.

"Our number one objective is public safety." Walker said. "We are committed with working with our partners on the local and federal level to determine what happened at Pier 22."

Drivers are being rerouted at Atkinson and Webster. Detour signs are posted. The DOT says take I-43 northbound traffic should exit to HWY 172 west to HWY 41, then north to I-43 southbound.

Southbound traffic can follow HWY 41 south to HWY 172 to I-43.

Green Bay Police say drivers should avoid the area if possible. Green Bay Police say drivers should use caution through the detour route and use areas like the Mason Street bridge to cross the Fox River.

Officers also ask pedestrians to be careful and use marked crosswalks for their safety.

An investigation is also underway into the impact of shipping into the Port of Green Bay through the Fox River.

The DOT Plans daily updates on the investigation.