Gov. Walker signs Declaration of Emergency for Leo Frigo Bridge

CREATED Sep. 27, 2013

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  • 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 – Governor Scott Walker signed a Declaration of Emergency on Friday for the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay.

"The declaration makes the bridge eligible for federal Emergency Relief (ER) funds to make the necessary repairs," the governor's office explained. "The funds are administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and would reimburse all costs for the first 180 days of the project."

“Our number one objective is public safety,” Governor Walker said. “The Leo Frigo Bridge is a critical transportation link for motorists and commerce in Brown County and the state of Wisconsin, and we are committed to fixing this bridge in a timely and responsible manner.”

Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said, “We are mobilizing state and federal resources to quickly assess the bridge. The bridge will remain closed, however, while our engineers and regional bridge experts develop a plan for the necessary repairs.”

“We are working with the city of Green Bay to address local traffic needs, and we will open the bridge as soon as all safety concerns are addressed and repairs completed,” said Secretary Gottlieb.

The bridge was closed to all vehicle traffic on Sept. 25 when a bridge pier had settled on the eastern side of the bridge.