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Feds commit to covering Wis. bridge repairs

  • Associated Press
  • October 4, 2013 - 2:20 PM

MADISON, Wis. — The federal government has agreed to cover most of the cost of repairs for the sagging Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration announced Friday that the Federal Highway Administration has determined the repairs are eligible for funding. The federal money will cover 100 percent of emergency repairs with 180 days of the bridge's closure on Sept. 25 and 90 percent of emergency and permanent repairs thereafter. Preliminary estimates put the cost of repairs at $50 million but that figure could fluctuate as transportation officials develop a final repair plan.

Transportation officials closed the bridge after a deep dip developed in the pavement. Investigators have determined a support pier sank about 2 feet after pilings beneath the pier corroded and buckled.

Workers plan to build support towers adjacent to the pier to stabilize the structure within the next few days.

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