North Leo Frigo Bridge Deck Successfully Lifted Up Where It Belo - WBAY

North Leo Frigo Bridge Deck Successfully Lifted Up Where It Belongs


Tonight only half of the Leo Frigo bridge is sagging. Action Two News traversed where 40,000 detoured motorists a day can no longer go, on top of the Leo Frigo bridge, now only half sunken.

After the bridge sank more than two feet in late September, the Northbound lanes of I-43 have been lifted back up to where they belong. DOT crews starting raising that side of the bridge deck on Tuesday.

The root of the problem, the sunken pier 22, is also part of the solution.  At the very top of the pier between the cap and the bridge attached to scaffolding are ten hydraulic lifts working to slowly put the bridge back in place.

The cold weather has slowed the process but not stopped it.

"They have heaters in there to keep it warm for the workers and for the hydraulic pumps," says DOT Project Manager Tom Buchholz.

So far the concrete hasn't shown signs of cracking, in part due to the steel reinforcement.

"Also the asphalt overlay that we put on here is a highly flexible asphalt overlay," says DOT Technical Service Manager Bruce Enke.

40 crew members are working 12 to 13 hour shifts.

"We've brought specialty consultants, specialty contractors," says Enke.

"They take measurements constantly they are always looking at how one jack is reacting to the other jack to make sure the loading is consistent," says Buchholz.

The Northbound lanes have been successfully lifted

"So they're going to continue the jacking process on the Southbound bridge probably this weekend Saturday, Sunday, Monday," says Buchholz.

Crews are scheduled to work every day except for Christmas to stay on schedule for a January 17th re-opening.

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