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DOT adds extra highway service team to help with Leo Frigo Bridge traffic

Officials say a second truck was needed to patrol detours
BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - The closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay means an extra 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles traveling on a stretch of Highway 172 every day.

To help alleviate some of the congestion, the Department of Transportation has called on a Freeway Service Team to monitor the route.

Starting Monday, a truck is patrolling Highway 172 between U.S. 41 and I43 during peak travel times. These are specially-equipped vehicles that patrol high volume roadways and major work zones. One has already been working the U.S. 41 construction area since the project began back in 2010.

The teams assist motorists involved in minor accidents or breakdowns and, if necessary, remove disabled vehicles from the area quickly.

"It's important because as soon as we have something as little as a flat tire, people like to look to see what's going on," explained Randy Asman, DOT Traffic Engineer. "And when you look to see what's going, on backups occur and more incidents occur. So the more we can make sure our highway is free of stalled vehicles or incidents, the safer it's going to be for everyone else."

The trucks will be out from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The services they provide to motorists are free of charge.

If you'd like to track the DOT's progress on the Leo Frigo Bridge, click here.

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