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This is the view motorists on the new Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River will have when the new span opens.

New bridge to be completed in 2014

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Hastings residents finally got the news they've waited years for -- a new bridge is coming!

The current Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River in Hastings opened for traffic in the early 1950s. It is now the most heavily-traveled two-lane bridge in the state.

Construction is now under way on a new four-lane bridge.

The best news for travelers is that the current river crossing will be open for traffic even during construction of the new bridge.

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