Motorists traveling southbound Highway 61 into Hastings may experience delays overnight beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7, when the roadway is reduced to a single lane between approximately Spiral Bridge Road (the entrance to Hub’s Marina) and the Hastings Highway 61 Bridge.
For good friends Randy Johnson and Jim Hunt, Monday morning was supposed to be spent floating on the St. Croix River and catching walleyes.
Instead, the two Farmington men escaped tragedy, then spent the new few hours watching from shore as crews fished their truck and trailer out of the water.
The long wait is almost over.
Construction on a new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings should begin this fall, although some preliminary work such as utilities could begin yet this summer. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) announcement last week that it has awarded the contract to build the new bridge to the Lunda/Ames team for its tied-arch bridge design culminates years of work by city, state and federal officials to replace the existing bridge.
Minnesota News -- A 14-year-old Hastings boy has been charged in juvenile court for allegedly bringing a handgun to school and waving it around in a classroom and then fleeing from the school when authorities arrived on Monday.
The request for proposals (RFP) for the construction of a new Highway 61 bridge is now in the hands of potential builders, and the document includes a previously unreleased cost cap of $220 million for the actual construction of the bridge.
Area people interested in what the new Hastings (Minn.) bridge could look like, the potential impacts to the surrounding environment and the cost of the different bridge types still being considered can now learn more.
HASTINGS, Minn. -- citizens got their first look at the four bridge types being considered for the Hastings bridge replacement at an open house.
While opinions on the different designs were mixed, they were generally positive.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) invites the public to learn about replacement plans for the Minn. Hwy. 61 Mississippi River bridge at Hastings, Minn., during a public open house meeting this Wednesday.
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