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Longer Wait for Highway 53 Relocation Decision

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:15 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 4:33 PM WDIO.com

The earliest the public could see the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the relocation of highway 53 for mining, would be this fall.

That's because more work needs to be done to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the alternative routes.

Specifically, geo-technical work in the Rouchleau Pit, which is where potential bridges and roads could be built.

We could see one barge out there working on Thursday. Another barge will join it next month. And then in August, there will be test bridge foundations put into the rock.

Until all that information is vetted, MnDOT cannot finish the Draft EIS. As a result, the decision on where the new road will be, is also being pushed back.

Roberta Dwyer, project manager, told the monthly Coffee and Conversation crowd that the timelines are challenging, but they are committed to having a road in place for people to use, when the May 2017 deadline comes.

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