Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 53 Relocation

Between Eveleth and Virginia

Orange barrels on a highway


Pat Huston
Project Director

Beth Petrowske
Public Affairs Coordinator

Other MnDOT District 1 contacts

Contractor Links and Information

Hwy 53 Relocation Project Meet & Greet

Join us at our upcoming Meet & Greet events in July and August to discuss Disadvantaged Business Enterprisees subcontracting opportunities for the Hwy 53 relocation project.

July 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Metro Area
1900 W. County Road I
Shoreview, MN 55126

July 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

Aug. 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
7694 Industrial Park Road
Baxter, MN 56425

Aug. 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
101 North Hoover Road
Virginia, MN 55792

For more information
Visit: http://www.mndot.gov/civilrights/calendar.html

Hwy 53 Relocation Project

MnDOT District 1
November 13, 2014

The TH 53 Informational Meeting originally scheduled for November 18, 2014 in Duluth, MN has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a future date.  The meeting will be scheduled after the release of the final CMGC RFP. MnDOT is finalizing details on the preferred alternative. MnDOT will release the final CMGC RFP and schedule the Informational Meeting when it has selected a preferred alternative. The alternative will be part of the DEIS and will be noted in the final RFP. Please monitor the MnDOT Consultant Services website for updates and additional information.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to:
Pat Huston, P.E
MnDOT Project Director
Email:  Patrick.Huston@state.mn.us

Request for Proposals for Industry Review
District 1, TH 53 Relocation Project
Notice to all Potential CMCG Proposers

Construction Manager/General Contractor Project Delivery Method

Construction Manager/General Contractor
Construction Manager/General Contractor is an integrated approach to planning, design and construction. Owners, designers and contractors work collaboratively to develop the project scope, optimize the design, improve quality, and manage cost.

Professional Technical Consultant Services
Within the Professional Technical Consultant Services web site you will be able to find information related to MnDOT's Professional Technical (P/T) contracts and official solicitations for services.

List of contractors who responsed to the letter of interest solicitation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will local preference be a factor in the CMCG contract selection process?
A: No.

Q: Would MnDOT consider alterations of grades and/or alignments for any of the alternatives in order to reduce construction costs and/or time?
A: M1 and E1A profiles are designed to meet the mine air quality standards in the permit to mine boundary.

Q: Would MnDOT consider alternate bridge designs in order to reduce construction costs and/or time?
A: Absolutely. MnDOT hopes the CMCG process will reveal alternatives.

Q: Would MnDOT consider different gradation requirements and/or different side slopes for the reinforced embankments to reduce the quantity of geosynthetics?
A: Absolutely. MnDOT hopes the CMCG process will reveal alternatives.

Q: Are there any special stormwater treatment requirements for the routes?
A: Yes. No roadway water can leave the right of way in permit to mine areas on M-1 and E-1A. Spill containment systems would be needed on the E-1A and E-2 routes as the Rouchleau pit serves as the drinking water supply for the city of Virginia.

Q: Will MnDOT modify its grading specifications to allow for more embankment construction during winter?
A: MnDOT is looking for expertise on methods to construct quality embankments in the winter.

Q: When will soil borings be available?
A: July 2014.

Q: Will utility relocations be part of the construction contract?
A: Yes.

Q: Are there any nearby sources of grading material available for use for roadway embankments?
A: The contactor would be responsible for making any borrow arrangements with nearby landowners.

Q: Is Cliffs Natural Resources going to perform any of the work shown in the alternatives?
A: No.

Q: Will the soils and rock encountered in the excavation limits of the plan be available for use on the project?
A: Yes, with one exception. The landowner would retain ownership of any rock excavated for the E2 option.

Q: Is there a royalty cost to MnDOT for any of these materials?
A: No.