Hastings Bridge Opens to Traffic

Looking north towards Hastings as traffic travels on both bridges Looking west from the Hastings’ river bank I had the unique opportunity to be among the first people to cross the new Hastings bridge and among the last to cross the old Hastings bridge, during the short period of time when the two bridges were … Continue reading Hastings Bridge Opens to Traffic

Hastings Bridge Takes Shape with Newly Installed Main Span

photo by Chad Richardson of the Hastings Star Gazette A major construction feat was recently completed at the Highway 61 bridge project in Hastings, Minnesota when the 545-foot, 6.5 million-pound main bridge span was hoisted into place, 50 feet above the Mississippi river.  The main span, the longest free-standing tied-arch in North America, was constructed … Continue reading Hastings Bridge Takes Shape with Newly Installed Main Span

New Pictures of Hastings Bridge Added to Our Picasa Web Album

Some new pictures of the Hastings bridge project in Hastings, Minnesota have been added to our Picasa Web Album: Hastings Bridge Construction.  The  pictures were taken by myself, David Graham, who has been in the area working on a load test program for a new bridge crossing the St. Croix River near Stillwater, Minnesota, and … Continue reading New Pictures of Hastings Bridge Added to Our Picasa Web Album

Girders go in at Hastings

photo by Jim Adams of the Minneapolis Star Tribune Massive prestressed concrete girders, some of them setting a record for the longest concrete girders used on a Minnesota bridge, have been set at the New Hastings Bridge, currently under construction in Hastings, Minnesota.  The largest girders are 174 feet long, 8 feet tall, and weigh … Continue reading Girders go in at Hastings

Hastings Bridge Receives Press as Foundations Near Completion

As massive concrete piers rise from the Mississippi river in southeast Minnesota, people have begun to take notice of what will become the longest free-standing tied-arch bridge in North America.  A unique project in several respects, the new Hasting bridge has recently been featured in articles on the websites of ENR and Roads & Bridges.  … Continue reading Hastings Bridge Receives Press as Foundations Near Completion

Hastings Update and Photo Album

Well, I, David, have survived my first (and hopefully last) winter in Minnesota.  I spent most of January and February observing the installation of the Pier 5 drilled shafts at the new Hastings bridge project in Hastings, Minnesota.  In addition to the drilled shafts, there has been a lot activity at Hastings since Aaron last … Continue reading Hastings Update and Photo Album

Hastings Bridge Update

Good morning DBA fans!  I’m here to give you the latest news on the Hastings Bridge project. The weather has been a bit chilly in Hastings, MN but that isn’t stopping progress.  Paul provided the update below and this picture of one of the beautiful mornings on the site. Installation of the 12.75” diameter open-ended … Continue reading Hastings Bridge Update

Hastings Bridge, Minnesota

Project Status: Active. All foundation work is complete.  Main span arch installed September 2012.   All four lanes open to traffic tentatively by the end of 2013, with construction completed spring, 2014. Project Websites: Mn/DOT Hastings Bridge Project Home Page DBA Client: Parsons Transportation Group, the project designer. DBA Services: DBA is the project geotechnical … Continue reading Hastings Bridge, Minnesota

DBA on team for New Hastings, MN Bridge

The Lunda/Ames design-build joint venture (Lunda Construction Company of Black River Falls, Wisconsin and Ames Construction, Inc. of Burnsville, Minnesota) has been awarded a contract to build the new Highway 61 Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hastings, Minnesota. Parsons Transportation Group is the designer and DBA is performing geotechnical design of the bridge … Continue reading DBA on team for New Hastings, MN Bridge

Drilled Shafts Complete at St Croix

As reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Case Foundation recently finished constructing 40 drilled shafts at the St Croix River Crossing Project.  Since early June, Case has been working at a feverish pace to construct the drilled shaft foundations for the new extradosed bridge between Minnesota and Wisconsin.  As of November 8th, all of the … Continue reading Drilled Shafts Complete at St Croix