Leo Frigo Emergency Bridge Repair

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The Leo Frigo Memorial Bridge carries Interstate 43 over the Fox River just south of its mouth into Green Bay.  The bridge opened to traffic in 1981. Because of the bridge's height and slope, it is prone to being shut down during high wind warnings, heavy fog, blizzards, and icy conditions.

On September 25, 2013, the bridge was closed by local law enforcement after investigation found a 400-foot stretch of the bridge sagging.  WisDOT investigators found the pilings, the pier, and surrounding piers had corrosion sufficient to cause buckling. WisDOT termed the closure a "long-term" event, and planned detours.  Due to the detrimental effect on the local economy and community a quick and permanent solution was needed. 

In winning the project, Payne & Dolan faced penalties of $50,000-a-day for a delayed reopening. The repair project solution involved erecting two temporary towers to prevent the bridge from sagging further and ensure worker safety while performing permanent repairs to the bridge. Payne & Dolan then placed new pilings at the bases of piers 21 to 25. Next the approximately 1,600 ton superstructure was moved back into place via hydraulic jacking.  The project was completed in time to allow the bridge to be opened to traffic two weeks ahead of schedule on January 5th, 2014; just in time to accommodate a sold-out crowd heading to Lambeau Field to watch the Green Bay Packers face the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC wild-card playoff.

  • Customer: Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)
  • Location : Green Bay, WI