We made it. Nobody fell into the river and the cameras made it through the night! As you can see now, the bridge is full lifted and in place. It is now being secured by the contractor. Once that is complete, the current bridge will reopen to traffic. We will let you know what that happens. We have a time-lapse recording from about 11 a.m. Sunday through the lift and we will post that here after we shut our stream down.
Save this page to get live streaming video of the move as it happens. In addition, you can check back here to see still photos and a time-lapse video we are compiling. If you take photos you want us to add to the gallery, email them to editor Chad Richardson: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on twitter, tag your photos #hastingsbridge and we can grab those, too.
The span is the longest tied arch bridge with a free-standing rib in the western hemisphere.
Once the span is in place, there will still be considerable work remaining, but by May of 2013, one lane of traffic in each direction will be routed onto the new bridge.