Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Main Street bridge to be repaired, closed this month"

From The Journal

March 04, 2015 7:20 pm  •  CARA SPOTO
"RACINE — The Main Street lift bridge will undergo emergency repairs later this month to fix cracks in its locking system.

"The cracks don’t pose a danger to motorists or others traveling across the bridge, but Public Works officials say the problem needs to be fixed to ensure the bridge is in working order ahead of boating season.

"The U.S. Coast Guard requires the city to staff and open and bridge by April 1 of each year.

"In a letter to the Public Works and Services Committee, Assistant Public Works Commissioner Tom Eeg explained that this winter, bridge inspectors had noticed problems with two parts of the bridge’s locking system — a tip lock and guide arm."

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This damn bridge is a lemon.  I believe that's it's been closed for repair numerous times a year during boating season.  They're always working on it.

This illustrates to me the bullshit power of "New and Improved."  We had to give a ton of money to Main Marine because they claimed that the bridge would divert traffic away from them.  They ended up closing, anyway.

I remember the old bridge with wooden planks for a "sidewalk."  It worked fine.  But, no, someone had to spend taxpayers' money on something.

I used to drive down Main Street every day to see mom.  I hated it when the bridge was closed.  Now, it will affect me little.   

1 comment:

Toad said...

I think the Army should come In and build a portable bridge. It would certainly work better than the one you have.