Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Nov. 19, 2013

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Hastings Bridge Dedication scheduled for Nov. 22


Roseville, Minn. – Area residents and business owners are invited to attend a bridge dedication celebration for the new Hastings Bridge, on Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. E.

The dedication marks the opening of the new four-lane bridge spanning the Mississippi River.

The new Hastings Bridge features a 100-year lifespan and is the longest, free-standing tied arch bridge on the continent. It is a critical connector within the state’s transportation infrastructure, with more than 30,000 vehicles using this Mississippi River crossing each day.

The event will include a short program with remarks from Hastings community members and leaders, project leaders and elected officials. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and mural unveiling will follow the program. The new public plaza on Second Street in downtown Hastings will feature stone murals by local artist Craig David. The murals depict scenes and characteristics that represent the City of Hastings and its natural surroundings. 

The public and members of the media are encouraged to attend.

WHO: MnDOT representatives, elected officials and the public.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • City of Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks
  • Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik
  • Minnesota Representative Denny McNamara
  • Minnesota Senator Katie Sieben
  • Congressman John Kline, Minnesota 2nd District
  • United States Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle

WHAT: Dedication celebration for the new Hastings Bridge. Program marks the opening of the new four-lane bridge and dedicates it to the people of Minnesota.

WHEN: Nov. 22, 2013 at 10 a.m. Program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St. E., Hastings, Minnesota.

Directions for media:
From northbound or southbound Highway 61, turn east onto Fourth Street E. and head one block east to Sibley Street. Turn left onto Sibley Street and go one block north to Third Street where you will be greeted by the Hastings Police Department.  Please show media credentials to gain access.

More information will be made available at the project’s web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/hastingsbridge.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org.



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