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Bridge closure was due to construction mishap

Police direct traffic away from the bridge at Third Street.

Hastings police blocked traffic on the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings Monday afternoon.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the closure occurred after a construction company struck a power pole in the area of Highway 61 and Highway 10. The downed power lines blocked both the north- and southbound lanes. There were no injuries. Although police had earlier suspected the incident was the result of a crash, the State Patrol confirmed that that was not the case.

Businesses in downtown Hastings lost power shortly before 5 p.m. Power was restored at about 5:30 p.m.

As of about 5:20 p.m., southbound traffic was allowed onto the bridge. The northbound lanes were opened shortly after.