Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 29, 2016

Orange barrels on a highway

Overnight closures of Second Avenue to start Aug. 2

Coffee and Conversation takes place Aug. 4

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Embankment work for the Highway 53 relocation project will close Second Avenue and the ramp leading to it from Highway 53 during overnight hours for several weeks.

The closures are slated to begin Tuesday, Aug. 2, and will run from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.  nightly for about three weeks. The closure will begin south of the southern-most access on Second Avenue, and at the beginning of the exit ramp to Second Avenue. 

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. The work will take about two months. Next year, crews will rebuild the northbound side of Highway 53 in that area. Project officials urge motorists to use the zipper merge to minimize backups near the work zone.

Work on the bridge over the Rouchleau pit also continues. Crews are building the concrete forms for the east abutment. The west pier is nearly completed, and the east pier should be finished next month. Crews are also constructing falsework, a temporary support system that will be used as the steel girders are installed.

On Aug. 4, 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.

For more information on the project, visit the project website at mndot.gov/hwy53relocation. Viewers will also find access to the project’s web cam, as well as new photos of the project on that website.

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

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