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Green Bay Bridge Remained Open for Hour after Initial Report of Problem

Posted at: 09/30/2013 11:35 AM


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GREEN BAY, Wis. (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.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media

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