Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 23, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

MnDOT buys steel for new Hwy 53 bridge over Rouchleau Pit

VIRGINIA, Minn. — The first order for steel girders that will span the Rouchleau Pit as part of the Highway 53 Relocation Project bridge has been placed and will be delivered to the project over the summer and fall. The steel girders, fabricated by a company in Eau Claire, Wis., are up to 16 feet tall and 120 feet long. The bridge girders will weigh more than 10 million pounds when the bridge is complete.

Crews continue to work on the bridge’s west abutment and east pier foundation. The final concrete pours occurred in the past two weeks on the west pier foundation; and crews will begin to build the next level of the pier in coming weeks.

Crews also continue to fill embankments and install sanitary sewer lines near the future intersection of Highway 53 and Landfill Road (on the eastern side of the project). The project also put a detour in place for Landfill Road this week, which will remain until mid-October. Motorists using the road should follow the detour signs.

For an updated project profile and 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.