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The construction of a new Highway 61 bridge in Hastings has faced some delays, but the project now could be finished by the end of 2013.

Hastings bridge on path to early finish

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Drivers in Hastings get good news this week: The Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River will, if all goes as planned, be completed six months earlier than previous projections.


After high water and a state government shutdown prompted significant delays in the project, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials said the project wouldn't be complete until May 2014.

Now, it looks as though the bridge could be finished at the end of 2013.

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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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