Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 21, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Bridge work continues on Hwy 53 relocation project

Landfill Road traffic to shift to new northbound Highway 53 by Oct. 23

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Crews continue to install the large steel girders that will support the roadway and pedestrian walkway on the bridge over Rouchleau Pit on the Highway 53 project. Forty-two of 80 girders have been installed, as of Oct. 21.

All beams from the west abutment to Pier 2 have been placed. Crews will continue to place beams through January and will begin the bridge deck construction next spring.

Work also continues on the bridge’s concrete west abutment as well as on Pier 1, the eastern pier. And the bridge crew continues work on the piers and abutments for the bridge that will carry Highway 135 over Highway 53 on the south end of the project.

Roadway crews have finished installing water, storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems between Highway 135 and the Rouchleau Pit bridge. They have also continued to build the base and embankments for much of the new Highway 53 alignment.

A new concrete median barrier has been installed from Highway 135 to the new Landfill Road connection. Landfill Road traffic will shift to the new northbound Highway 53 paved surface by Oct. 23. Crews have finished installing storm and sanitary sewer between Second Avenue and the Rouchleau Pit bridge and will start work on a sanitary sewer lift station.

Crews continue the reconstruction of southbound Highway 53 from Vermillion Drive to the eastbound ramp to Highway 135. There is one lane of traffic in each direction while crews rebuild the southbound roadway.

Crews will move this section of Highway 53 traffic back to its original alignment in early November. Roadway work will cease for the season in mid- to late November. Next year, crews will rebuild the northbound side of Highway 53 in that area.

The project website was recently updated with photos and a new fly-through animated visualization. Visit the project website at mndot.gov/hwy53relocation to see this new material. Viewers will also find access to the project’s webcam, as well as other information regarding the project.

Next Coffee and Conversation: Nov. 3

The next monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting is Thursday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at MnDOT’s Virginia headquarters 101 N. Hoover Rd., Virginia, Minn.

Project representatives will discuss what has occurred on the project in recent weeks as well as what is planned for the next few weeks. The event is free and open to the public.

For questions or concerns about the project, call the project hotline at 218-820-8532.