Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 53 Relocation

Between Eveleth and Virginia

Hwy 53 Southeast of Virginia, MN

Photo Gallery

January 2016

January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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January 2016 file photo of the Highway 53 relocation.
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December 2015

Drilling holes in rock to prepare for a rock blast on the east side of the bridge.

Drilling holes in rock to prepare for a rock blast on the east side of the bridge.

Access (causeway) construction, which continues until mid- to late-January.

Access (causeway) construction, which continues until mid- to late-January.

Pile installation at pier 2, using a rotary drill. Approximately 18 steel pipe piles, each 30 inches around, will be drilled 175 feet into bedrock.

Pile installation at pier 2, using a rotary drill.

Pile installation at pier 2, using a rotary drill.

November 2015

West side of bridge area from the top of the pit on the east side

Hwy 53 R-Pit boat tour

June 2015

Rouchleau Pit boat tour

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November 2014

Hwy 53 panorama

June 2013

west side of the Rouchleau Pit.
Drilling continues on the west side of the Rouchleau Pit on a snowy January day.
Photo by Andy Johnson, Hwy 53 project manager.

Click here for a slideshow featuring historic photos of the Rouchleau Pit.

Photos Courtesy of Iron Range Historical Society Gilbert MN.

2003 Rouchleau Pit

Arial photo of the Rouchleau Pit
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Click here for a brief video of the Rouchleau Pit

This one-minute video was shot in the Rouchleau Pit in Virginia, Minnesota in August 2013. The Rouchleau Pit is the site of two of the five alternative routes considered for the re-routing of Hwy 53. The three-mile-long pit is filled with clear, cold water.

This video provides a glimpse of the pit and the drilling barge that has been taking core samples along the route of the E-1A alternative route.

The drilling rig is attached to a barge that is moved to the designated drilling locations. The drill operators work 24/7 and use small boats to transport themselves and supplies back-and-forth between shore and the barge.

Rouchleau Pit August 2013

Photo showing the barge and drill rig that is drilling samples in the Rouchleau Pit
This drill rig is boring samples in the Rouchleau Pit along the path of the proposed E-1A alternative. The rig drills core-samples (in the shape of a pop can) to check what type of rock/minerals are buried deep under the surface. Photo by Justin Capelle, MnDOT D1 summer intern.
Photo of the Mine in the Sky visitor center as it looks from water level.
Taken from a water level vantage point, the Mine in the Sky visitor center towers over the Rouchleau Pit. The water in the pit is hundreds-of-feet-deep in places. The E-1A alternative would pass through shallower areas. Photo by Justin Capelle, MnDOT D1 summer intern.

May 2012

Hwy 53 aerial photos

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