Trucker was first to report Green Bay bridge sag

CREATED Sep 29, 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 (AP) -- A trucker was crossing the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge in Green Bay early last Wednesday when he felt something strange underneath his rig -- so strange that he reached for his cellphone and dialed 911.

 
Press-Gazette Media reports that when he reported the pavement on the bridge seemed to be sagging, the dispatcher either could not understand him or could not believe it.
   
After being dispatched to investigate, a Green Bay police officer reported about 10 minutes later that nothing appeared unusual. It would be almost another hour before officers realized the 120-foot-tall bridge had, in fact, sagged and that the highway had to be shut down.
   
The bridge remains closed indefinitely while officials try to determine why a support pier sank, causing a 2-foot dip in the pavement.