Minnesota Department of Transportation

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June 15, 2016

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MnDOT to reconstruct Hwy 53 south of relocation project, lane reduction planned

Virginia’s 10th Street South will be closed next week

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Highway 53 relocation project will close 10th Street South in Virginia from South Second Avenue West to Railroad Avenue starting June 20 and will also begin reconstruction work on Highway 53 south of the relocation project near the end of June, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said today.

The 10th Street closure will start at 6 a.m. June 20 and will end at 5 p.m. on June 24. The detour for the closure will be along 11th Street South, South Second Avenue West and 9th Street South. The closure is necessary as crews work on city utilities.

Crews are also now building crossover lanes for upcoming traffic moves necessary for the reconstruction of a portion of Highway 53. The work will move traffic to northbound Hwy 53 between Vermillion Drive and the eastbound ramp to Highway 135. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction while crews rebuild the southbound roadway. The work should take about eight weeks. Next year, crews will rebuild the northbound side. Motorists will need to be cautious in the work zone.

Other project work includes continued construction on the east and west bridge piers. The foundations are now complete and crews continue to construct the upper elements of the pier through June.

Project staff anticipates that east and the west bridge abutments will be completed early this fall, and steel girder installation will begin in September.

A group of Minnesota state legislators and federal and state legislative staff visited the project June 3 to view progress and receive a status update.

To see an updated project profile, updated photos and for more information, visit the website at www.mndot.gov\hwy53relocation. For questions or concerns about the project, call the project hotline at 218-820-8532.