Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings 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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By Tuesday, the landscape in Hastings will be significantly altered for the next 100 years. The main span for the new Highway 61 bridge here is on schedule to be floated in place, jacked up and secured by the end of the day Monday, Sept. 24. That means the current bridge will close to traffic starting early Saturday morning, Sept. 22, and continuing through Monday. The timing of the move and lift has been delayed several times, but it does appear as though things are on schedule for this weekend.
There has been another change of plans for the Hastings bridge closure, which had been scheduled for this week. It looks as though the bridge will close during 48 to 72 hours sometime next week. When asked about the delay from last week's scheduled closure to this week's scheduled closure, MnDOT's Kirsten Klein said in an email that "the scale and magnitude of the process requires them to be very diligent and tedious with all of the checks they go through." In an email update sent out by MnDOT today, the delay was explained like this: "We've had to postpone the actual float-in again because
There has been a change of plans with the upcoming move of the main span for the new Hastings bridge. That change means there will be no closure of the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings this weekend. Here is the revised schedule for the project: Early Friday morning, Sept. 7, crews will roll the 545-foot main span out onto the river. During that time, boat traffic on the river will be shut down. The channel should reopen by Saturday afternoon or evening. The span will sit on two barges until it is ready to be floated down and lifted up. The earliest that will happen is Tuesday, Sept. 11.
There will be a 48-hour delay with the Hastings bridge project, it was learned late Thursday. The move will now begin Friday morning, Sept. 7, meaning the current Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be closed starting Saturday and continuing until Monday. The bridge is expected to reopen sometime Monday, Sept. 10, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The 6.5 million pound main span will be floated out to the river on Friday, Sept. Sept. 7. On Saturday, Sept. 8, prep work will be done for the lift of the bridge. On Sunday, Sept. 9, the bridge will be lifted into place.
The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be closed in both directions when the main span for the new Hastings bridge is floated into place. The closure is expected to last around 48 hours, but the exact length of time isn't yet known. In addition, river traffic will not be allowed during the move. The public boat launch will be shut down, too. There is still no firm date for the move, but it is expected to take place just after Labor Day.
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. The change is due in large part to an agreement worked out between the contractors, MnDOT, the Army Corps of Engineers and the shipping indust
A crash May 7 immediately north of the Hastings bridge injured at least one person and snarled traffic in both directions. Southbound traffic was backed up well past 9 a.m. because of the crash. At about 7:20 a.m. today, Hastings police received a 911 report of an erratic driver. Shortly thereafter, there was a report of a crash. The driver of a silver truck was heading southbound on Highway 61 and ended up crossing into the northbound lane. He struck a guardrail and rolled down the embankment.
First National Bank in Hastings was robbed on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at approximately 5:30 p.m. A man entered the bank with a gun and demanded money. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Nobody was injured in the ordeal. The suspect's face and hands were fully covered. He wore a black and red coat, a winter-style hat with ear flaps, old blue jeans and black shoes. He was about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. The bank is located at North Frontage Road and Pleasant Drive. The Hastings Police Department is working with the FBI on the case.
Derrick Radke and his fiancée were out for a relaxing weekend on the Mississippi River. They had boated to Prescott from Hastings and had pulled up to shore, where they were going to pitch a tent. That's when Radke noticed what he thought was a muskrat swimming toward the shore. The more they watched the creature, the more they realized it wasn't a muskrat. It was a three-foot-long alligator. A pet owner had apparently let the creature go when it outgrew its home.
The Highway 61 bridge in Hastings will be down to one lane of traffic between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25. Crews will be working on the south end of the bridge and need to use the lane for equipment and personnel.