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Highway 61 bridge designs refined

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Plans for the new Hastings bridge are starting to settle. The Visual Quality Team presented its most recent refinements to the city council Tuesday evening.

The team has settled on a free-standing arch rather than a basket-handle arch. The 545-foot free-standing arch will be the longest in North America, said visual quality manager Brad Touchstone. The style is more open, he said, and doesn't disrupt the view of the sky above or the river.

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