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Working wrapping up on Hastingss bridge

HASTINGS, Minn. -- Crews have been hard at work finishing the last pieces of the new U.S. Highway 61 bridge over the Mississippi River in Hastings, and traffic is expected to be using all four lanes by the end of November or early December.

Trucks have been pouring concrete on the south approach.

On the old bridge, the deck has been removed. The next big visible piece — removing the steel trusses — might not begin until September. Once that starts, the steel will be removed piece by piece over several weeks.

On the north side of the bridge, small building is being constructed that will house an anti-icing pumphouse. The anti-icing system is a pressurized system that automatically senses weather conditions that would lead to ice. In such conditions, it reacts by spraying environmentally friendly potassium acetate on the bridge deck through a network of small sprayers. Cars traveling over the bridge help disperse the chemical evenly across the deck.