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Report: Police took more than an hour to shut down sagging Green Bay bridge

The dip on the bridge
The dip on the bridge

GREEN BAY (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A truck driver was the first to notice that the high-rise Leo Frigo Interstate bridge in Green Bay had sagged by almost two-feet. Press-Gazette Media reviewed 9-1-1 records -- and they learned that it took police about an-hour-and-15 minutes to realize that the I-43 bridge over the Fox River had to be shut down.

The trucker called 9-1-1 around 3:45 last Wednesday morning, after he felt something strange under his vehicle. He had to emphasize twice to a dispatcher that the bridge was sagging before an officer was sent out. The officer saw nothing unusual.

Police Lieutenant Jeff Brester said the initial officer was either mistaken -- or the problem got worse later. He said other drivers surely would have noticed a problem and called 9-1-1. They did, but not until an hour after the first trucker called. Police closed the bridge before they got a state highway engineer to arrive. Jason Lahm was skeptical when he was first told about it -- but once he got there, he couldn't believe what he saw. A concrete pier sank two-feet.

Officials will find out why, and fix the problem before the bridge re-opens. That could take several months, or up to a year.

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