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Hastings bridge closure update: The bridge is now expected to close sometime next weekend

September 14, 2012 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

There has been another change of plans for the Hastings bridge. The main span is expected to be moved sometime next weekend, meaning the Highway 61 bridge will close on or around Sept. 22 through Sept. 24. Continue Reading

Hastings bridge closure changes: It is now expected to close sometime next week

September 10, 2012 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

There has been another change of plans for the Hastings bridge closure, which had been scheduled for this week.
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Video surfaces of landmark Hastings Spiral Bridge being dropped into the Mississippi River

September 19, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

The Pioneer Room at the Hastings City Hall holds all kinds of historical artifacts within its walls. One of those artifacts gets some new life this week, as video shot in 1951 of the Spiral Bridge demolition has been digitized and made available online. Continue Reading

Shutdown means Hastings bridge will not be completed by May 2013 as planned

August 15, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

The state government shutdown lasted just three weeks, but its impact will be far greater. On Monday, the bridge’s project manager, Steve Kordosky, said the shutdown will result in a delay of at least six months. Continue Reading

MnDOT’s bridge construction webcam in Hastings now featured online

August 9, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

Anyone hoping to watch the construction of the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings can do so by visiting the Star Gazette’s website. Continue Reading

As water rises, bridge work in the river ceases

March 24, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

Earlier this month, there were reasons for the contractors working on the new Hastings bridge to be optimistic. While predictions called for the possibility of significant flooding, the weather was cooperating and it looked possible that a devastating flood was going to be averted.
That optimism was thrown out the window this week. Continue Reading

Mural designs approved for new Hastings bridge

March 11, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

The two murals that will appear under the new Hastings bridge have been designed. Continue Reading

Significant flood could cause delay in Hastings bridge project

March 3, 2011 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

It’s too early to tell, but it is possible the flood expected in Hastings this spring could delay the construction of the new Hastings bridge.
Preparations are under way by the project’s contractor, Lunda/Ames, and by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to prevent the timeline from being affected, but if the flood is a catastrophic one the schedule could very well be affected. Continue Reading

Bridge color chosen

December 9, 2010 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

The Visual Quality Team for the Hastings Bridge has selected a color for the new bridge’s main arches. The VQT chose a terra cotta color after the choices were narrowed down to three. The other two were light grey and dark blue. Continue Reading

Bridge work has mixed effects on marinas

November 17, 2010 in The Hastings Star-Gazette

The new bridge is the center of a lot of excitement in and around Hastings. New architecture and improved traffic flow are a bright spot for the city, but there’s a shadow.
At least one local business is questioning whether or not it will be able to survive the three-year construction plan. Continue Reading