Hastings Bridge Project


After only two years of construction, the new Hastings Bridge will officially open to enable four lanes of traffic on Highway 61 to cross the Mississippi River. Minnesota Labor Unions, other labor trades and signatory contractors will celebrate the accomplishment with a public ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for November 22, 2013. The dedication celebration is at 10:00 a.m. at the City Hall in Hastings. The official MNDoT public invitation can be downloaded here.

The bridge project, estimated at $130 million, was deemed necessary after the old bridge built in 1950 was categorized unsafe by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and accelerated the project by nearly five years. The new bridge continues the 100 year tradition of an iconic bridge at this location in Hastings. The spiral bridge and the “big blue” bridge were predacessors to the new aerial bridge, which at 545 feet is the longest free-standing tied-arch bridge in North America. With modern technological advancements and good maintenance, the new bridge is intended to last for another 100 years.

Union workers from eight different trades spent more than 500,000 hours working on the bridge, spending some nights and weekends on the site in order to speed the projects’ completion and to minimize the impact on the Hastings community. A highlight of the project was the main span installation, which was moved from land to barge near Lock & Dam #2, floated down the river and hydraulically lifted approximately 50 feet vertically into place, minimizing the impact on the community. See the MNDoT time lapse video here. 



  • Because the old 2-lane structure was deemed unsafe, the Hastings Bridge project was accelerated by 5 years
  • Hundreds of union workers from 8 trades spent over 500,000 hours to build the Hastings bridge
  • At 545 feet, the Hastings Bridge is the longest free-standing tied-arch bridge in North America
  • The post-tensioned, solid, cast-in-place bridge consists of five side by side spans south of the main span
  • The bridge offers 4 lanes of traffic (2 in each direction), and a 12 foot wide pedestrian/bike path
  • The height of the terra-cotta colored arch ribs is 94 feet. These are help in place by post-tensioned concrete knuckles and tie girders
  • The bridge deck is made of about 2,100 cubic yards of concrete, total concrete used on project 60,000 cubic yards
  • Structural steel used: 4.9 million pounds
  • Reinforcing bars used: 3.5 million pounds
  • 42″ pilings used: 13,000 linear feet
  • Post-tensioned stands used: 1.5 million linear feet
  • The bridge’s daily traffic count exceeds 30,000 vehicles
  • Designed for a 100 year lifespan
  • Contains modern anti-icing system
  • Features a scenic overlook, public art display and public plaza
  • Additional parking beneath the bridge was created

A partial listing of the Union Contractors participating in the Hastings Bridge project:
Action Fence Inc.
Advanced Concrete Sawing
Ames Construction
Atlas Foundation Co.
H&R Construction
Hardrives, Inc.
LS Marine Inc.
Mavo Systems
Lunda Construction Company
Minnesota State Curb and Gutter – AVR, Inc.
Neaton Brothers Erosion
PCi Roads
Rainbow Inc.
Traxler Construction

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