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New details released in Leo Frigo Bridge failure

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation said Thursday they expect to have a timetable for how long the Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge will be closed by next week.

During a news conference, engineers with the DOT say Pier 22 on the bridge sank 22 inches on the north side and 27 inches on the south end, causing a two foot dip in the road.

It was discovered early Wednesday morning and transportation officials say federal and outside experts will assist in the investigation.

At this time no cause has been determined and there is no estimate for when the bridge may be repaired or reopen, but says "There is a sense of immediacy for this project."

Meantime, drivers are being urged to be patient and plan for extra time as they find alternate routes through Green Bay.

The detour route takes northbound Interstate 43 drivers to Webster Ave., south to Main St., west to Broadway, north to Mather St., west to Velp Ave., west to Atkinson Dr. and north back to I-43. Southbound drivers can reverse those directions. Police recommend crossing the Fox River at Mason Street because that bridge is designed to handle larger amounts of traffic.