Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Feb. 23, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Bridge foundation work continues on Highway 53 project

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Work continues this month on steel piling that will form the underground base for the bridge on the Highway 53 relocation project. The piling work has been completed on the west side of the bridge and will soon move to the east side.

Crews are also installing a wire mesh drapery system on the east rock wall slopes to prevent rocks from falling on work taking place below. Work on the east side pilings will begin once the system is in place. There is also significant excavation work taking place from the east abutment to Landfill Road as well as north of the future Highway 135 intersection.

Crews are drilling and blasting ledge rock for the roadway that will run between the east abutment and Landfill Road.

Project officials also announced that the next Coffee and Conversation will take place Thursday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the MnDOT headquarters, 101 N. Hoover Road, Virginia, Minn.

For more information and photographs, visit the project website at www.mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy53relocation/. The project hotline phone number is 218-820-8532. 

Website visitors can also access the project web camera, which allows viewing of current work in progress.