The Green Bay Police closed the bridge around 5:30 a.m.after commuters reported the dip in the road. Both state and regional officials are investigating why about 200 yards of the bridge is sagging. It has been determined that there was settlement of a pier that holds the bridge in place. However, state officials stressed that the bridge is in no danger of collapsing. It is too early to tell how long the bridge will be closed but it is expected to be lengthy. During that time, periodic measurements of all piers will take place to monitor the bridge overall structure. No one except certified officials are to be anywhere near the bridge.
It was last inspected in August of 2012 and was determined to be sound. Over 40,000 commuters use the bridge daily.
The City of Green Bay and the DOT are working together to find alternative routes to make sure commuting through the area remains smooth during the repair process.I-43 between Atkinson Dr and US 41will remain closed and traffic is being diverted off I43 at Atkinson and Webster Streets.
Motorists should follow the signed detour route. NB traffic take I-43 to Webster Ave south to Main St west to Broadway north to Mather St west to Velp Ave west to Atkinson Dr north back to I-43. Reverse those directions for SB traffic.
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