Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 53 Relocation

Between Eveleth and Virginia

Public meetings

Coffee & Conversation

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. The next Coffee & Conversation meeting will be:

Thursday, July 9, 2015
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
MnDOT Virginia Office, 101 Hoover Road, Virginia

Past meetings and materials

Noise wall open house

John Crawford presents at the Noise Wall Open House.

John Crawford presents at the Noise Wall Open House.

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.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Open House/Public Hearing held January 22 in Mountain Iron

A man writes his comments about the project during the Open House/Public Meeting.

A man writes his comments about the project during the Open House/Public Meeting. Photo: Beth Petrowske, MnDOT District 1.

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. View handouts.

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 comment period for the Draft EIS and Section 4(f) process 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

Consultants and contractors information session

Melissa Schultz (Bridge Aesthetes) and David Larson (Environmental Stewardship) talked about the Visual Quality aspects of the project and the process used.

Melissa Schultz, MnDOT Bridge Aesthetics and David Larson, MnDOT Environmental Stewardship,explain the Visual Quality aspects of the project at the Dec. 15, PAC meeting.

On Feb. 4, 2014 MnDOT hosted an information session for consultants and contractors interested in the Hwy 53 Relocation Project. About 85 people attended the information session.

Potential work on this project will include the final design plans, Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC) and an Independent Cost Estimator (ICE). While highly encouraged, attendance at this information session was not mandatory and will not be a prerequisite for responding to any follow-up solicitation(s).

PowerPoint presentation shown at the information session (PDF, 7.28 MB)

Economic study and business-specific meetings

Hwy 53 Economic Impact Study - Final Report - 1-31-2014

Hwy 53 Economic Impact Study (PDF)

Final Economic Study Report Meeting

Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:30 a.m.
MnDOT Virginia Office, 101 Hoover Road, Virginia
PowerPoint presentation

Economic Study update

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Mountain Iron Community Center
8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron
PowerPoint Presentation

Economic Study kick-off

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 10 a.m. to noon 
Mountain Iron Community Center
8586 Enterprise Drive South, Mountain Iron
PowerPoint Presentation

Business-specific meetings

Many thanks to the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce for assistance in organizing these meetings.

Retail and food services
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2 p.m.
Virginia Elks Club, 218 North 5th Avenue in Virginia
PowerPoint presentation

Lodging, recreation and tourism
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4 p.m. 
Virginia Elks Club, 218 North 5th Avenue in Virginia
PowerPoint presentation  

Business to business
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 a.m.
Virginia Elks Club, 218 North 5th Avenue in Virginia
PowerPoint presentation

Project Advisory Committee Meetings

Pat Huston, Hwy 53 Relocation Project director, speaks to members of the Hwy 53 Project Advisory Committee at the Dec. 15, 2014 meeting. The PowerPoint presentation from the meeting is posted below.

Pat Huston, Hwy 53 Relocation Project director, speaks to members of the Hwy 53 Project Advisory Committee at the Dec. 15, 2014 meeting. The PowerPoint presentation from the meeting is posted below.

Dec. 15, 2014 Project Advisory Committee Meeting

July 2, 2014 Project Advisory Committee Meeting

Sept. 5, 2013 Project Advisory Committee Meeting

Coffee & Conversation meeting highlights

Andy Johnson, Hwy 53 project construction engineer, talks about foundations testing at the April 2, 2015 Coffee & Conversation meeting.

June 4, 2015 highlights

May 7, 2015 highlights

April 2, 2015 highlights

March 5, 2015 highlights

Feb. 5, 2015 highlights

Dec. 4, 2014 highlights

Nov. 6, 2014 highlights

Oct. 2, 2014 highlights

Sept. 4, 2014 highlights

  • PowerPoint presentation coming soon

Aug. 7, 2014 highlights

  • PowerPoint presentation coming soon

July 3, 2014 highlights

June 2014 highlights

May 2014 highlights

April 2014 highlights

March 2014 highlights

February 2014 highlights

January 2014 highlights

December 2013 highlights

November 2013 highlights

October 2013 highlights

September 2013 highlights

Aug. 20, 2013 highlights

Aug. 6, 2013 highlights

July 23, 2013 highlights

July 9, 2013 highlights

June 12, 2013 highlights

June 11, 2013 highlights

May 28, 2013 highlights

May 14, 2013 highlights