Public Officials, Community Gathers to Celebrate the New Hastings Bridge
MnDOT Commissioner dedicates the new bridge to the people of Minnesota
Roseville, Minn. — Public officials and community members gathered today in Hastings to celebrate the public dedication of the new Hastings Bridge. The ceremony marked the milestone of the opening of all lanes of traffic on the new bridge and dedicated it to the people of Minnesota.
“The new Hastings Bridge, a stand-out 21st Century landmark in a critical transportation corridor, belongs to the people of Minnesota” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “The Project is a successful example of how we build bridges today, using a ‘get-in-get-out’ approach that preserved community access while constructing infrastructure with a 100-year lifespan that will serve as an important community identifier for the region.”
Constructing the new Hastings Bridge was a more than three-year design-build process. The new Mississippi River crossing will eliminate gridlock in a transportation corridor that serves approximately 30,000 vehicles each day.
The dedication program included comments from federal, state and local officials and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the entrance to the new 12-foot-wide pedestrian/bicycle pathway, one of several distinct features of the Project.
Representatives from MnDOT and the Lunda/Ames Joint Venture, members of the Hastings Bridge Visual Quality Team, local business owners and the public also attended.
An unveiling of the artistic murals located in the plaza area followed the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Craig David, a local artist who has designed and developed public work art across the metropolitan area, worked with the project’s Visual Quality Team to design two stone murals that are representative of Hastings and its natural surroundings.
When complete in spring 2014, the new Hastings Bridge will also feature:
- Longest free-standing arch rib on the continent
- Four lanes of traffic
- New North Loop to allow for safer traffic flow on, off and around the bridge
- Plaza with an artistic feature near Second Street in downtown Hastings
"Our Hastings community loves its bridges,” said City of Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks. “We have demonstrated that love with our historic ties to the Spiral Bridge, by gathering by the hundreds to say good bye to Old Blue and now we are ready to celebrate with joyous excitement for the completion of our new signature bridge. Hastings is proud of its new bridge and all who have contributed to its success.”
The Lunda/Ames Joint Venture was selected in 2010 to build the new bridge to better meet the needs of the growing region. The design-build contract cost is approximately $130 million.
Motorists and the community who have questions or concerns about the project are encouraged to call the Hastings Bridge Project Hotline at 651-775-5244 or visit the project’s web site at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hastingsbridge.
For real-time traveler information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.