Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 53 Virginia signal improvements project

St. Louis County

Traffic impacts

Hwy 53 project map
Hwy 53 project map.
  • Starting Thursday, September 17, traffic control will be in the Stage 3 pattern with work occurring at 13th Street. Please see maps below for local detour routes.
  • Traffic may encounter shoulder closures and possibly single lane traffic during installation


  • Crews will work 6 days/week, 10-12 hours/day
  • As soon as the temporary signals are installed, the contractor plans to work in the following order:
    • Stage 1: 12th Ave S intersection median
    • Stage 2: (Simultaneously) South leg of 12th Ave. S intersection and the 13th St. leg of the intersection
    • Stage 3: 13th St/Mt. Iron Drive intersection median
    • Stage 4: (Simultaneously) North leg of the 12th Ave. S. and the Mt. Iron Drive leg of the intersection.
  • Portable changeable message signs will notify drivers of upcoming changes in traffic patterns
  • Work on the City of Mt. Iron’s project on Mt. Iron Drive is expected to be mostly complete when the minor intersection legs are closed at either 12th Ave S or 13th St.
  • Follow signs for local detours

Detour maps


About this project

This project will improve the signal systems at two intersections. The improvements will help lower crash rates and improve safety at these high crash-rate locations.

Summary of work

  • The 13th Street intersection has had 61 crashes from 2006-2016 and the 12th Avenue West intersection has had 58 crashes from 2006-2015
  • Install turn lanes
  • The project will also improve accessibility