MnDOT has reopened the scoping process on the Hwy 53 Relocation project.
The current layout alternatives are:
- Existing Hwy 53 Alternative (buy-out or modification of the existing roadway)
- Westerly alternative
- No build (closure of the easement segment)
For each of the alternatives, there are numerous variations that can be studied. These variations include minor alignment shifts, number of lanes (such as the Super Two design), and improvements such as new traffic-control signal-systems, interchanges or railroad grade separations.
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 $60 million.
Hwy 53 alternative corridors (PDF, 199 KB)
Laurentian Vision Design Charette (PDF, 4.81 MB)
SEH Study Commissioned by United Taconite (PDF, 4.41 MB)
No final decision on a preferred realignment route has been made. The information on this page is for information only and is subject to change.