TUESDAY 07/20/2021 4:20 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announced on Tuesday, July 20, that the Mason Street Bridge has been reopened to traffic.
The bridge had been stuck in the upright position since July 6 when the right side of the lift bridge had raised itself to allow a vessel to pass through.
Crew members operating on the bridge had repaired separate pinion-bearing support. Official reports say that pinion was preventing the closure of the sides and that no structural damage had occurred.
No additional information has been released at this time. Local Five will update this story as more details are released.
ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: WI Department of Transportation unsure of ETA on fixing Mason St. Bridge
WEDNESDAY, 7/7/21 2:16 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Wisconsin Department of Transportation is unsure of a time frame for the bridge to be up and running any time soon.
They do say when they figure out how to fix the problem, their timeline, and what the root cause was that broke the base of the bridge, they will alert the public.
During a news conference with WisDOT, they say engineers have secured the bridge – which was a major concern as a ship was scheduled to pass through at around 5 p.m.
Engineers were working for hours in the rain Wednesday to fix the bridge. “It’s basically.. It’s a pivot point down there where the bridge is that it’s centered on and basically that shifted and it dislodged, which had some bolts in it. So those bolts did sheer off,” says Scott Nelson, Wisconsin DOT.
The bridge was first constructed in 1973 and as of 2017, WisDOT says it carries an average of 38,800 vehicles per day.
Engineers say the bridge lifted for a ship passing through Tuesday and got stuck open at 61 degrees.
Walnut Street remains an alternate route, along with the Dousman Bridge. Local 5’s Eric Richards says people driving this way need to keep in mind that the Farmers Market is in season, which closes down Broadway between Walnut and Dousman.
Original: Green Bay Police Department advise avoiding Mason St. Bridge
Jul 6, 2021 7:02 p.m.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – On Tuesday, July 6, the Green Bay Police Department advise avoiding Mason Street Bridge.
The GBPD explains that the bridge is currently facing mechanical issues. Currently, there is no estimated time of how long it will take to correct the issues with the bridge.
Suggested alternate routes include Walnut Street Bridge, the Main Street Bridge, the Leo Frige Bridge (I-43) and the WI-172 Bridge.
No further information has been released at this time. Local Five will update this story as new details about the bridge become available.