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Editor's note: Star Gazette's website will feature live streaming of bridge move

Just two weeks from now, the main span for the new Hastings bridge is going to be moved into place.

It will be a couple days in our city's history that we will all remember. This is just our third bridge over the Mississippi River, and the moving in of the main span will mark a significant point in the project.

So, as you can imagine, we've been busy here trying to figure out how we are going to cover this move.

Here is what we have planned:

• When the main span is moved from Lock and Dam Road onto a pair of barges on or about Sept. 5, we will have live streaming video on our website.

That move out to the water will take about 24 hours. At any point during the day you can log on to our website and see how much progress has been made.

• As that move is taking place, we will also be taking time-lapse video. I will have a camera set up that will take a half-second worth of video ever minute.

We can then compress 12 hours of work into a six-minute video.

That video will be posted on our website at the end of each day's work.

• We will also have still photos and stories from the move, and those will be posted as we get them.

• The live streaming will continue throughout the move, including the weekend.

• We will do our best to let you know when all this is going to occur, but much of it is up in the air and it will depend in large part upon the weather. If it is too windy, for example, the project will be delayed.

• Security during the project will be high. If I were you, I wouldn't expect to be able to drive down to the water's edge and poke around for too long without having to answer some questions.

If you have questions about our bridge coverage, or have some ideas for us to pursue, please call me or write me.

My direct phone line is 651-319-4500 and my email address is