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August 31, 2012



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Hwy 61 at Hastings Bridge closing Sept. 8

Closures needed to float in the new Hastings Bridge main span



ROSEVILLE, Minn. — Motorists traveling near Hastings will encounter a closure both directions of Highway 61 at the Mississippi River beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

The highway will remain closed for up to 72 hours as crews move the Main Span of the new Hwy 61 Hastings Bridge into place. The closure will be weather dependent.

Motorists are advised to follow the signed detour using I-494, Hwy 52 and Hwy 55.

In addition, there will be other local travel restrictions starting at 12 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6:


As is expected for the entire project, access to local businesses and residences on both sides of the bridge will not be affected.


Travelers and residents with questions are encouraged to call the Hastings Bridge Project Hotline at 651-775-5244 or visit the project’s web site at


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