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VIDEO: 7 pier foundations will need to be replaced on Leo Frigo bridge


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - State transportation officials are giving a better picture of the magnitude involving the repairs for the I-43 Leo Frigo Memoiral Bridge. 

Stabilization efforts involving pier 22 got underway this week.

New steel pilings are being driven for the construction of two supporting towers.

The steel pilings under pier 22 buckled due to corrosion from the chemical makeup of the soil on the surface.

The bridge was closed in late September because the span dipped. 

Bridge Repair Project Technical Service Chief Bruce Enke said Wednesday that the foundations of seven piers, 19 through 25, will need to be retrofitted and replaced. Testing found the soil composition around those piers is similar to that of pier 22.

Soil boring and testing continued Wednesday around piers in the Fox River. 

Enke couldn't say at this point if the industrial fill dirt and soil around the piers on the eastern section of the span would have to be removed. 

It will be a couple more weeks before a plan is unveiled regarding a permanent fix for the unique bridge problem.  Enke says consultants from around the country are looking at the issue and developing solutions.