GREEN BAY, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Crews are almost finished installing temporary trusses to keep the Leo Frigo Interstate bridge in Green Bay from sagging any further. Bruce Enke of the state D-O-T said yesterday that three-of-the-four vertical trusses have been installed. Horizontal trusses will also be added, to assure the safety of those working to make permanent repairs on the I-43 bridge. Those repairs are expected to begin on Monday -- and they'll cost much less than what the D-O-T expected.
Zenith Tech of Waukesha submitted the lowest of three bids -- $7.7-million to bolster five corroded support piers, and to extend one support pier so it touches bedrock for the first time. That pier fell two-feet into the ground in late September, causing a sag in the high-rise Frigo Bridge that crosses the Fox River on the north end of Green Bay.
Enke says the temporary trusses will be installed by next Wednesday. From there, work on the permanent repairs will be done around the clock.
Officials hope to re-open the bridge in mid-January.