Drivers Express Relief in Leo Frigo Bridge Reopening - WBAY

Drivers Express Relief in Early Leo Frigo Bridge Reopening

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Many people are looking forward to the Leo Frigo bridge reopening. 

Action 2 News talked with those who have been impacted by the closing.

Law enforcement says one thing all drivers will notice immediately are vehicles returning to their normal routes on the bridge and fewer clogging up the streets of Green Bay.

"It will be nice to have that avenue open again, that's for sure," says Tim Breneman of Green Bay.

He's looking forward to getting back on the Leo Frigo Bridge. He used to take it three or four times a week for work.

"It's quicker just to take the Leo Frigo Bridge. [It's] a little cheaper going over the bridge than going through town and hitting all the lights," Breneman adds of his fuel usage.

Law enforcement say 40,000 drivers who traveled the bridge daily and had to find an alternate route.

Breneman and 10,000 others chose the city streets.

"Hopefully we see that go back to the 1-43 and that will relieve some of the congestion problems we've seen in town over the last several months," says Green Bay Police Lieutenant Karl Ackerman. He adds that trucks and their slow startup time are one of the major issues that have added to the congestion. Ackerman says more traffic on city streets also lead to an increase in crashes.

Thirty thousand other drivers rerouted themselves onto Highways 41 and 172, creating major backups during rush hour.

Brown County Captain Randy Schultz says the early reopening of the bridge will mean safer roads sooner for drivers. The biggest problem they had was "the morning and evening work rush. [Hwy] 172 is just so packed."

Schultz says it's just as nice the bridge is opening in time for the Packer game.

The 31,000 fans who use it during game day will reduce some of the congestion heading to Lambeau Field on Sunday.

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