Hwy 61 Hastings Bridge
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February 2013

 

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The Hastings Bridge continues to make progress toward switching two lanes of traffic to the new bridge this spring, despite cold temperatures slowing construction in early 2013.

Removal of the temporary tie girder began in late January.
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Workers remove the temporary tie girder as part of construction of the Main Span of the new Hastings Bridge. Construction crews completed removing the temporary tie girder in mid-February. The deck for the roadway of the new Hastings Bridge will be poured in Spring 2013.

 

 

 

Sept. 22, 2012 - Pre-lift photos

 

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All is quiet on the existing bridge. Project leaders closed down Hwy 61 as a safety precaution while the new Main Span was being lifted into place.

Spectators watched throughout the day as crews worked nonstop to lift the bridge into place.
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Looking eastward, crews are working hard to get the span aligned with the skid system so it can get moved into place. A closer look at the skid system that will be used to move the span between the piers.
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One of the strand jacks up close. There were four used to lift the bridge. Each jack has 54 strands, which are made of high-strength steel and are about 18 millimeters in diameter. The strand jack sits at the top of Pier 5, waiting to connect with the Main Span.
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Looking at the interior of the Main Span. Looking down at the Main Span before it is lifted into place. In the background is Jaycee Park where many spectators gathered throughout the move and lift.

 

 

 

Sept. 22, 2012 - Main Span move

 

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Looking at the Main Span after it had been floated down the river from where it had been moored for a few days.

Crews have the Main Span on the skid system and move it into place.
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It takes patience to move a 545-foot Main Span.

A member of the lifting team works to help move the Main Span eastward between Piers 5 and 6.

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Another look at the skid system used to move the Main Span in place. MnDOT Project Manager Steve Korodosky (left) keeps a close eye on the entire process.
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Other members from the MnDOT team watch and assist with the move. As nightfall approaches, crews are getting closer to actually lifting the bridge.
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Work continues after dusk. The Main Span is connected to the strand system and can now be lifted.
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The project site is lit up as crews continue work into the night. Great precision is needed when moving such a large and heavy structure.
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By the morning of September 24, the new Main Span is in place next to the existing bridge. Traffic is reopened at noon – ahead of schedule. Looking southward at the new Main Span next to the existing bridge. The North Approach lanes were poured before the Main Span was lifted into place.
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A look at the new Main Span with the existing bridge sitting behind it. The new span will allow for the same wide navigation channel needed for river traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 7, 2012 - Main Span move

 

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Early on Friday, September 7, the Main Span starts to make its way down to the river.

The Main Span is 104 feet wide.
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The Main Span sits upon the Self Propelled Motorized Transports that are used to inch it down to barges in the river.

Taking a look under the Main Span as it moves towards the shoreline.

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Crews started moving the Main Span early on a Friday, September 7. By early afternoon, the Main Span is making its way down a platform connecting the staging area and the barges in the river. Butch Ames of Ames Construction looks on as crews move the Main Span.
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Carefully measuring movement is important in a large move such as this. By afternoon, the Main Span is getting close to the barges in the river.
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Looking upstream as the Main Span moves onto the barges. By evening, the Main Span is fully on the barges.
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In between the flotilla of barges, there’s an open area. Work continues to secure the bridge on the barges.
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Work continues to secure the bridge on the barges. One of the boats that will be used to move the Main Span sits in the foreground.
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Looking downstream from Lock and Dam No. 2. The tugboat Gracie M sits ready to help move the Main Span.
   

 

 

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