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Hastings bridge rating falls 10 points

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The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings is even worse than the Minnesota Department of Transportation thought. On Thursday, MnDOT downgraded the "sufficiency rating" of the bridge by more than 20 percent.

Rust on the bridge is the main factor for the drop.

The bridge had been rated 49.1 and is now at 39.1. The Interstate 35W bridge that fell into the Mississippi River Aug. 1 had a sufficiency rating of 50 at the time of the collapse.

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