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News Release
May 2, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
Metro District
Office of Communications
1500 County Rd B2 West
Roseville, MN 55113


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Hastings Bridge reducing to single lane weekdays beginning May 14
Annual safety inspection scheduled

Roseville, Minn. — Motorists will encounter non-rush hour delays on Hwy 61 when the Hastings Bridge spanning the Mississippi River is reduced to a single lane 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning Monday, May 14.

The lane closures are necessary as bridge inspectors perform the annual safety inspection of all critical bridge components on the existing Hastings Bridge. The federally mandated inspection is not part of the new Hwy 61 Hastings Bridge Project.

Flaggers will control traffic on the two-lane bridge as crews complete their work.

The work is expected to be completed by Monday, May 21, and all dates and times are weather dependent.

Motorists are reminded to use the “Zipper Merge Technique” when approaching the bridge during times of heavy congestion. When traffic is slow, drivers should fill all available lanes safely up to the signed merge point, then take turns at the signed merge point, then safely accelerate back to the posted work zone speed limit.

Drivers also are reminded that straddling lanes, creating “rolling road blocks” or otherwise impeding traffic is illegal.

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