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The current Hastings bridge is pictured here last week as a storm entered the city.

Out with the old, in with the new: Milestone moment for new Hastings bridge comes next week

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The landscape in Hastings is about to change dramatically. Next week, the 6.5 million pound main span for the new Hastings bridge will be floated into place, its two bright arches set to dominate the riverscape here for the next 100 years.


That big move will necessitate the closure of the current Highway 61 bridge, and residents, schools and businesses have been busy preparing for the shutdown for a few weeks now.

The move is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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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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