Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

June 20, 2017

Hwy 53 relocation projects progresses well in final months

Second Avenue, Highway 135 detours still in effect

VIRGINIA, Minn. – Work continues at a steady pace in the final two months for the Highway 53 relocation project.

Crews will focus this week on building northbound Highway 53 from Highway 135 to Midway Avenue. The work includes installing water and sewer lines as well as constructing ramps for the Highway 53/Highway 135 interchange. They are installing concrete median barriers and preparing the roadway between the west end of the bridge and the north end of the project for asphalt paving, which also starts this week. Workers also will place concrete barriers next to Mesabi Trail and pave the stretch from the east end of the Rouchleau Pit bridge to Landfill Road.

Crews have completed installing the deck on the Rouchleau Pit bridge and are continuing to work on the railing on that structure this week. Workers also are working on the Highway 135 bridge rail and paving the slopes under the bridge with concrete.

The Second Avenue and Highway 135 detour routes are still in effect. The Highway 135 detour route is along Mineview Road and Highway 135. Traffic on westbound Highway 135 will not be able to access southbound Highway 53. Highway 53 traffic remains with a single lane in each direction on southbound Highway 53. That single-lane traffic will run from Midway Road to a half-mile north of Second Avenue in Virginia. This detour allows crews to reconstruct northbound Highway 53 and build the new Highway 53/Highway 135 interchange.

The Second Avenue detour route follows second Avenue, 8th Street south, and South 12th Avenue West. A map showing the detour route is on the project website. The Second Avenue detour will be in place until the project opens to traffic in mid-August. The Highway 135 detour will remain as is until early August, then traffic will be detoured onto Highway 37 for approximately two weeks until the project opens.

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

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