Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Apr. 3, 2017

Hwy 53 project begins final season of work

Coffee and Conversation takes place April 6

VIRGINIA, Minn. – As the weather turns warmer, work is ramping up on the Highway 53 relocation project.

In the next few weeks, workers will continue to build the deck for the bridge over Rouchleau pit. Over the last month, crews have placed formwork, which will temporarily support the concrete bridge deck until it cures and develops strength to support itself.

Starting the week of April 10, crews will begin placing the reinforcement bar for the deck, which is scheduled to be poured in May and June. Workers also will begin installing water and sewer lines on the underside of the bridge. Crews are also building the formwork for the concrete deck on the Highway 135 bridge.

Work on the roadway is set to begin near the end of the month. Crews will conduct periodic lane closures on Highway 53 on the north end of the project while building crossovers and widening the roadway in spots. This work will prepare for a work on northbound Highway 53 as well as Highway 135, which will be closed and detoured in late April until late July. A map will be available on the project website next week.

MnDOT will conduct its monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting Thursday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at MnDOT’s Virginia headquarters 101 N. Hoover Rd., Virginia. Project staff will discuss recent project work as well as plans for the next few weeks. The event is free and open to the public.

For photos, more information and to view the project webcam, visit the project website at mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy53relocation.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.