Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

April 5, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Bridge foundation, roadway prep continues on Hwy 53 project

Coffee and Conversation takes place April 7

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Crews this week are building concrete forms, installing reinforcing steel bars and pouring concrete for the plinth, which is part of the west pier of the future Highway 53 bridge. The plinth is a large concrete structure that supports the bridge pier columns. It will use 150,000 pounds of steel reinforcement and 655 cubic yards of concrete. 

Excavation work continues from the east abutment to Landfill Road as well as embankments north of the future Highway 135 intersection. Crews also continue to work on the west abutment to bring it to the correct grade. They are drilling holes and will use explosives to loosen the rock.

In the coming weeks, the project team will begin work on the east pier as well as on the west abutment foundation, which will be on top of the west wall of Rouchleau Pit.

Excavation also continues on the roadway alignment from the east side of the pit south and west to Highway 53.  

Work will also occur on water and sewer relocations, and workers will begin to prepare the foundation for Highway 135 and Highway 53 interchange bridge.

On April 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.

The public is encouraged to take a look at the project website at www.mndot.gov\hwy53relocation. Website visitors can also access the project web camera, which allows viewing of current work in progress.

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

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