Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 53 Relocation

Between Eveleth and Virginia

Hwy 53 Southeast of Virginia, MN
Highway 53 alternative route E-2, southeast of Virginia, MN.

Traffic impacts

Please slow down and use caution in the work zone.

Hwy 53 roadwork.

10th St S in Virginia closed from South Second Ave W to Railroad Ave, June 20-24

  • 10th Street closed 6 a.m. June 20 to 5 p.m. June 24 as crews work on city utilities
    • Detour (JPG): 11th Street South, South Second Avenue West and 9th Street South

Crossover lanes

  • 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.

Bridge piers

  • 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.


About this project


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MnDOT built the original roadway in 1960 on land owned by iron mining interests. The easement the agency signed in order to build the road included a requirement that MnDOT would move the road with three years notice if the mining company needed to get to the ore underneath. In 2010, the mining interests notified MnDOT that the road would need to be moved. Later that year, MnDOT and the mine company agreed to a 2017 date for the road to be moved.

Part of the project development process included mineral rights acquisition, The state has purchased the mineral rights under the new alignment to ensure that MnDOT will not have to move the road again. More background and FAQs.

Summary of work

  • Vacating a portion of Hwy 53
  • New alignment from Bourgin Road to 2nd Avenue in Virginia (3.2 miles)
  • New interchange at Hwy 135
  • New bridge over Rouchleau Pit
  • Relocation of Landfill Road
  • Realignment of  Mesabi Trail
  • Reconstruction of  2nd Avenue interchange
  • City of Virginia utility relocation

General contractor

Kiewit Infrastructure Company, an international construction, mining and engineering company, is the general contractor for the project.