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News Release
Sept. 11, 2012



MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811


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Final Scoping Decision Document for Hwy 53 realignment available for review Sept. 17


DULUTH, Minn. — The final Scoping Decision Document for the proposed Hwy 53 realignment project between Virginia and Eveleth will be available for public review beginning Monday, Sept. 17.


The SDD provides a summary of the scoping process findings and documents the proposed scope and focus of the Environmental Impact Statement for the project. The SDD also includes copies of all comments received during the public comment period and responses to substantive comments.


The final SDD and EIS Preparation Notice will be posted at and will be available for public viewing at the following locations beginning Sept. 17:



For questions or comments about the project, contact:
Roberta Dwyer, P. E. project manager
Minnesota Department of Transportation – District 1
1123 Mesaba Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811


To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota); 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). Alternatively, send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.

In May 2010, MnDOT was notified by United Taconite that its easement rights for a portion of Hwy 53 between Virginia and Eveleth would be terminated. Since this time, MnDOT has been preparing to relocate Hwy 53.








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