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The Main Street Bridge in Downtown Racine was closed Thursday afternoon as workers tested a new electrical and control system. The bridge is set to be closed again between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday, March 9, for further tests. 

RACINE — The Main Street lift bridge is scheduled to be closed to traffic between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday, March 9, as contractors test a new electrical and control system.

The bridge was closed to traffic for approximately 25 minutes early Thursday afternoon for the same purpose, as it was raised and lowered.

The contractor doing the job, Sussex-based MP Systems, began work at the start of February.

The work will be complete by April 1, so the bridge can open to allow boats through, said Tom Eeg, assistant commissioner of public works and operations for the City of Racine.

This upgrade replaces the old controls, which were original to the bridge, which was built in 1996.

Some of the bridge components had started to fail and it was difficult to find replacements for the parts, Eeg said.

The cost of the project is $288,770, but that amount is fully reimbursable by the State of Wisconsin, as the bridge is located on a portion of state Highway 32.

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Caitlin Sievers covers cops, crime and the west-end communities. She's a lover of cats, dance and Harry Potter. Before moving to the Racine area she worked at small papers in Indiana, Illinois and Nebraska.

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