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Inspection will delay Hastings bridge median construction

Construction of a median on Highway 61 north of the Hastings bridge will be delayed until early September so an inspection of the bridge can be completed first, according to Ken Johnson, the south metro area engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT).

The inspection of the Hastings bridge is scheduled to start Aug. 20 and last approximately two weeks. Because of the inspection, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane, Monday through Friday, from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The inspection will be conducted by PB Americas, Inc., an independent company MnDOT has hired to complete bridge inspections around the state.

The start date for the median project has been tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 4.