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News Release
Sept. 24, 2012



MnDOT Metro District
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Roseville, MN 55113


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Highway 61 at Hastings reopens
New bridge’s main span floated, lifted into place Sept. 21-24


(Roseville, Minn.) – Motorists traveling near Hastings will once again be able to cross the Mississippi River via Highway 61 and the Hastings Bridge has reopened, 18 hours earlier than expected.

Highway 61 closed early Saturday, Sept. 22 for the float-in and lift of the main span of the new bridge.
To view the new bridge span being moved from the river bank to barges visit

To view the new bridge span being lifted into position visit

River traffic also will re-open between Lock and Damn No. 2 and the CP Railroad Bridge.

Motorists 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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