Minnesota Department of Transportation

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June 30, 2016

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MnDOT to close ramp from Hwy 135 to southbound Hwy 53 July 6

Highway 53 traffic will move July 11, Coffee and Conversation takes place July 7

VIRGINIA, Minn. – The Highway 53 relocation project will close the ramp from Highway 135 to southbound Highway 53 on July 6. The closure is part of reconstruction work on the southern portion of the Highway 53 relocation project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said today.

Crews are also building crossover lanes for upcoming traffic moves necessary for the reconstruction of a portion of Highway 53. The work will move traffic on July 11 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 eleven 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 will continue work on the upper sections of the tall piers in the coming weeks. Crews have also been building concrete forms and pouring concrete for the abutments on both sides of Rouchleau Pit. Project staff anticipates that bridge abutments and piers will be completed early this fall, and steel girder installation will begin in September.

On July 7, MnDOT will conduct its monthly Coffee and Conversation to provide updates on the project to the public. It will take place at 10 a.m. at the MnDOT headquarters in Virginia at 101 N. Hoover Road.

And, Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan visited the project June 28 to see progress and get an 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.