Noise wall open house held
We are currently conducting a Noise Wall Study in two project areas; first, in the Midway area and second; at 2nd Avenue.
An open house was held for affected residents and business owners March 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Laurentian Room in Virginia. Approximately 15 people attended.
MnDOT selects two contractors for Hwy 53 relocation project
Kiewit Infrastructure Company, based in Englewood, Colo., has been named the Construction Manager/General Contractor for the project, a role that allows for an integrated and collaborative approach to planning, designing and constructing a project. Initially, Kiewit will provide expertise into the project design. Once designed, Kiewit will submit a bid to build the project. MnDOT also selected Parsons, a California-based engineering, construction, technical and management services firm, to design the new bridge for the project. In addition, Parsons will deliver the roadway, drainage, geotechnical, and structural health monitoring designs for the project. See news release.
Draft Environmental Impact Statement Open House/Public Hearing
About 65 people attended an Open House/Public Hearing for the Hwy 53 Relocation Project January 22. Attendees listened to a presentation that summarized the findings from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and copies of the complete document were available for review. Display boards with project information lined the walls and large layouts showing the route alternatives were also posted. Topic specialists answered questions about many details of the project and the Construction Manager General Contractor process. A court reporter transcribed verbal comments and people also had the opportunity to submit written comments. The official comment period for the Draft EIS closed February 5, 2015. The Draft EIS can be viewed at:
- MnDOT’s website: www.mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy53relocation
- Eveleth Public Library, 614 Pierce Street, Eveleth, MN
- Gilbert Public Library, 17 N. Broadway, Gilbert, MN
- Mountain Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Avenue, Mt. Iron, MN
- Virginia Public Library, 215 5th Avenue S, Virginia, MN
- Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior Street, Duluth, MN
- MnDOT – District 1 Duluth Office, 1123 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth, MN
- Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
MnDOT recommends preferred alternative for Hwy 53 relocation
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.
- Alignment comparisons map (PDF)
- Alternative route cost, constructability, etc. comparisons chart (PDF)
- November 18 Presentation (PDF, 2 MB)
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.
Coffee & Conversation project update meetings
Join us at our Coffee & Conversation meetings, designed to provide brief updates on the project and to allow time for questions and answers about the project. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be:
Thursday, May 7, 2015
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
MnDOT Virginia Office, 101 Hoover Road, Virginia