In November of 2015, the Highway 53 Relocation project began in the Quad Cities area of Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron and Gilbert. Various options had been explored for relocating the roadway to accommodate mining operations, and one identified as the best option. It included “the bridge,” spanning 1,100 feet across Virginia’s Rouchleau Pit, an area that had been mined in the 1970s, and was now partially filled with water.
This massive project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget, due in large part to an extended construction season and the leadership of the project contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure Company.
For the complete story on The Bridge, visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s website dedicated to this project.