Please slow down and use caution in the work zone.
Bridge steel deliveries begin for Hwy 53 project
The first of 80 truckloads carrying steel for the Highway 53 bridge began arriving in Virginia the week of July 18, 2016. On Tuesday, the first plate girder, weighing more than 200,000 pounds, rolled onto the project site. See the news release.
Southbound Hwy 53 closed for reconstruction
MnDOT recommends Zipper Merge
The Hwy 53 relocation project closed the southbound lanes of Hwy 53 between Vermillion Drive and the eastbound ramp to Highway 135 on Monday, July 11. MnDOT is recommending that drivers use the Zipper Merge when they encounter heavy traffic at the lane closures.
Ramp from Hwy 135 to southbound Hwy 53 closed
- The closure is part of reconstruction work on the southern portion of the Highway 53 relocation project. See the news release.
- Crews are building crossover lanes for upcoming traffic moves necessary for the reconstruction of a portion of Hwy 53. The work will move traffic to northbound Hwy 53 between Vermillion Drive and the eastbound ramp to Hwy 135. There will be one lane of traffic in each direction while crews rebuild the southbound roadway. The work should take about eight weeks.
- Crews are constructing the east and west bridge piers. The foundations are now complete and crews continue to construct the upper elements of the pier through June. Project staff anticipates that east and the west bridge abutments will be completed early this fall, and steel girder installation will begin in September.