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The main span for the new Hastings bridge is pictured during construction this week. The staging area, where the span is being assembled, is located near the lock and dam here. This image was assembled in Photoshop by merging five separate photos into one. (Photo illustration by Chad Richardson)

Good news arrives on bridge: Contractors are aiming to have drivers on two lanes of the new bridge in 11 months

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Drivers in Hastings get good news this week: The Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River here will, if all goes as planned, be completed six months earlier than previous projections.

After high water and a state government shutdown prompted significant delays in the project, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said the project wouldn't be complete until May 2014.

Now, it looks as though the bridge could be finished at the end of 2013.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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