MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker has declared the closure of the Leo Frigo Bridge in Green Bay a disaster.
State transportation officials closed the bridge on Wednesday after a support pier unexpectedly sank 2 feet, causing a deep dip in the pavement. The bridge, which spans the Fox River at the mouth of Green Bay, carries about 40,000 cars a day.
Walker issued an executive order Friday calling the bridge a key commercial link, declaring the closure a disaster and placing Brown County in a state of emergency for 60 days.
The declarations could lead to federal reimbursement for the first 180 days of repair work.
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)