Test Results: Hastings Bridge is Safe Despite Deterioration

Updated: 04/07/2014 8:48 PM
Created: 04/07/2014 8:41 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

Test results confirm the deteriorating appearance of the new Hastings Bridge is a visual, but not structural, concern.

The recently completed bridge carries Highway 61 across the Mississippi River on the north side of Hastings, Minn. It opened five months ago, but concrete along the railing is already crumbling.

KSTP's Beth McDonough has learned the test results show the chipping of the concrete is only on the surface.

The $130 million bridge is under a three year warranty. That means the contractor will front the cost of repairs.

Lunda Construction of Wisconsin poured the concrete for the northern part of the bridge, which was done first. Ames Construction of Burnsville poured the southern half. Since it was such a big and lengthy project, the two companies worked together. 

The bridge was expected to have a 100 year lifespan.

Doyle Honstad with Lunda Construction told McDonough the company is putting together several repair options for MnDOT to consider later this month.

Photo: KSTP file

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