Federal Highway Administration approves combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision
The Federal Highway Administration has approved a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement/Record of Decision for the Hwy 53 Virginia to Eveleth project in accordance with federal requirements. The federal Final EIS describes the transportation and environmental impacts of the preferred alternative: Alternative E-2 (with the Interchange Option and Straight Option) and includes some updates to the Final EIS that was published under state rules in June 2015. The ROD explains the reasons for the project decision and summarizes the mitigation measures that will be incorporated in the project. The ROD concludes the federal environmental review process for the project.
MnDOT has found the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the US Highway 53 Virginia to Eveleth project to be adequate in accordance with state rules, concluding the state environmental review process. The Adequacy Determination document describes the project decisions, summarizes the project impacts, identifies the measures to minimize harm to the environment, and provides responses to comments that were made on the state Final EIS.
US Hwy 53 Adequacy Determination (PDF 19 MB)
Final Environmental Impact Statement
MnDOT has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with state requirements for the US Highway 53 Virginia to Eveleth project. The Final EIS describes the transportation and environmental impacts of the preferred alternative: Alternative E-2 (with the Interchange Option and Straight Option). View Final EIS.
Contractors selected for project
Kiewit Infrastructure Company, based in Englewood, Colo., has been named the Construction Manager/General Contractor for the project, a role that allows for an integrated and collaborative approach to planning, designing and constructing a project. MnDOT also selected Parsons, a California-based engineering, construction, technical and management services firm, to design the new bridge for the project. In addition, Parsons will deliver the roadway, drainage, geotechnical, and structural health monitoring designs for the project. See news release.
Preferred alternative for Hwy 53 relocation
MnDOT is recommending the E-2 route as the preferred alternative for the Hwy 53 Relocation project. This alternative is the northernmost route with a 1,100-foot bridge across the Rouchleau Pit. The project cost is estimated at $220 million. More about E-2 route.
Coffee & Conversation meetings
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