After construction that took more than three years, local, state and federal officials are getting ready to dedicate the brand new, $130 million Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River.
Thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain in and around the bluff town of Winona early Saturday morning. WCCO Weather Watcher Dan Amundson reported eight inches of rain in the area. Flash flooding washed away part of a road on Bob Dunn’s property, and the force took out a walking bridge. “You can actually see the mud build up. You can drive across there before. I used to have a decent road,” Dunn said. “That used to be a bridge, used to have a bridge going right across here.”
Two bridges that, for now, span the Mississippi River side by side are more than just old and new crossings of the heavily traveled Highway 61 in Hastings. They are symbols of an aggressive push in Minnesota to deal with deteriorating bridges after an eye-opening tragedy.
A tipped over semi-truck caused quite a mess on Interstate 494 near Highway 61 in Newport, Minn. Sunday afternoon.
Authorities said a 49-year-old Red Wing man on a moped was killed Wednesday morning in a crash with a car on Highway 61. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim as Michael Szymanski.
One person is dead after colliding with a vehicle on Highway 61 in Red Wing, according to authorities. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 61 and Hill Street.
Regulators are monitoring a small diesel fuel spill that reached Lake Superior. A semi overturned on Highway 61 near Little Marais Tuesday afternoon, spilling about 75 to 80 gallons of diesel out of its fuel tank.
Demolition began on the Hastings Bridge this Wednesday, as motorists in the Twin Cities bid farewell to “Old Blue.” Crews started tearing down the landmark bridge at 7 a.m. The demolition crews will begin by removing the decking on the downtown side.
This morning drivers who use Highway 61 to get to and from Wisconsin are going to notice a big change. The new Hastings Bridge is opening. The bridge over the Mississippi has been under construction for three years.
A 35-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday night on Highway 61 in the east Twin Cities metro, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition and four others suffered minor injuries after a multi-vehicle crash in Chisago County on Thursday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Minnesota State Patrol says they are on scene at a fatal crash involving a semi in Goodhue County.
The bridge spanning the Mississippi River on Highway 61 in Hastings was put into place over the weekend.
The closure of Highway 61 at the Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River had been postponed. According to the Department of Transportation, crews and now going to float-in the main span of the bridge during the week of September 17.
Investigators are looking into a head-on crash that happened on the Hastings Bridge late Sunday evening.