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The new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings was all lit up on Friday night as it opened in full. The lights pictured here are still in the testing stages, but will soon be on every night. Photo courtesy of Dave Youngren, Hastings Bridge Watch

Bridge fully open; dedication is Friday

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The drive across the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings has gotten a lot easier.

This past weekend, bridge crews opened all four lanes to traffic, eliminating merging zones and easing congestion on both ends of the project.


Both southbound lanes opened at about 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. About an hour and a half later, both northbound lanes were opened.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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