Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 53 Relocation

Between Eveleth and Virginia

Orange barrels on a highway

Alternatives and Maps

Alternatives

MnDot Commissioner Charles Zelle helped announce MnDOT's recommendation at a public meeting in Virginia. Zelle emphasized that the public is invited to offer comments and concerns now and during the public comment period during the environmental process.
MnDOT Commissioner Charles Zelle helped announce MnDOT's recommendation for the rerouting of Hwy 53 at a public meeting in Virginia. Zelle emphasized that the public is invited to offer comments and concerns now and during the public comment period during the environmental process.

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.

After lengthy study of several other alternatives, E-2 rated highest in constructablity and cost. Other alternatives had more difficult technical challenges or passed over land that could potentially be mined. The E-2 alternative offers the most workable challenges and has the lowest cost of all the alternatives.

Maps and information about the other alternatives is available by clicking the links below.

Rouchleau Pit Combined Lidar
Rouchleau Pit 10 Foot Contours
Rouchleau Pit Bathymetric Survey

For each of the alternatives, there are numerous variations that can be studied. These variations include minor alignment shifts, intersection modifications and improvements such as new traffic-control signal systems. The cost to purchase right of way and construct any of the current layout alternatives is unknown at this time. As estimates become available they will be published. The project budget is $90 million.

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