Just two months from now, one lane of traffic in each direction will be running on the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings.
Steve Kordosky, the project manager from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, said this week that the bridge is right on schedule.
He expects the shift to occur in late May or right around the first of June.
By Tuesday, the landscape in Hastings will be significantly altered for the next 100 years.
The main span for the new Highway 61 bridge here is on schedule to be floated in place, jacked up and secured by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 24.
The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be closed in both directions when the main span for the new Hastings bridge is floated into place. The closure is expected to last around 48 hours, but the exact length of time isn’t yet known.
The state government shutdown lasted just three weeks, but its impact will be far greater. On Monday, the project manager for the new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings, Steve Kordosky, said the shutdown will result in a delay of at least six months.
Highway 61 motorists traveling through Hastings may experience delays beginning June 8 when the roadway is reduced to a single lane between Spiral Bridge Road, near Hub’s Landing, and Third Street in downtown Hastings.
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.
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