Another Hastings Bridge Update
Again, we want to make sure everyone know that this will not affect travel plans to the Arbor Inn unless you are coming from or through Hastings MN.
This is an update on the Hastings Bridge. If you have questions, please do not reply directly to this email. Please visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/hastingsbridge/ and click on “Contacts.”
Inclement weather delays installation of platform beneath Highway 61 Mississippi River bridge in Hastings
Single lane traffic planned next two Saturdays
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Inclement weather has delayed progress on the installation of a platform beneath the deck of the Highway 61 Mississippi River bridge at Hastings. In order to complete the preliminary setup, crews will work Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, May 3.
During the weekend work, traffic across the bridge will be restricted to a single lane controlled by a signal system. The temporary platform will be used to support equipment and workers during the maintenance and painting project this year on the bridge. Motorists should expect delays during the work and should use alternate routes if possible.
The painting and repair project on the bridge began Monday, April 14 with the installation of a temporary signal system at Highway 55 and Dakota County Road 42. The signal will smooth traffic flow by improving left-hand turns from Highway 55 onto County Road 42 and from County Road 42 to Highway 55. Repairs also are underway on abutments, piers and beams beneath the south end of the bridge with completion in early May.
Reconstruction and strengthening of the southbound shoulder of Highway 61 north of the bridge began Monday, April 21 and the right lane of southbound Highway 61 will remain closed until the shoulder is rebuilt in early May.
The maintenance and painting project includes painting all steel members of the bridge from below the bridge deck to 10 feet above the deck; repairing the sidewalk, curb and a portion of the deck; replacing expansion joints in the deck, and removing, repairing and reinstalling bearings on several of the piers.
NOTE: Beginning the week of May 12, traffic will be restricted to a single lane across the bridge controlled by a signal system until the end of August.