Highway 53 Bridge Dedication Date Pushed Back

Renee Passal
August 03, 2017 10:16 PM

Rain doesn't slow down much at the Highway 53 relocation site in Virginia.

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Crews were out busy grading and layering new sections of the roadway.

And even though it looks like a large site to the average person, construction crews know it can get congested. That's why Kiewit, the construction manager and general contractor, focuses so much on safety.

Jim Thomsen, the project manager for Kiewit, shared this at the monthly Coffee and Conversation meeting on Thursday. "There's a lot going on. So we talk about having a 360 degree mindset. You always need to be aware of your surrounding at all times."

Instead of being two months ahead of schedule, they are now about one month ahead.

"We are overall, about 88% done," explained Pat Huston, the project director with MnDOT. We're still trending ahead."

They expect people can drive on the new road in early September. A new tentative date for the bridge dedication has been set for Tuesday, September 12th.

Tom Lund, the bridge project supervisor, told us, "People are getting anxious to get across it. We're really coming along. The epoxy sealcoat is being placed on the bridge deck. It will protect the concrete from chlorine and create more traction."

Huston acknowledged some people are going to be inconvenienced by the new detour this week, that routes people through Gilbert if they want to go to the landfill from Virginia.

"Short term pain will lead to long term gain," he said. "Please bear with us."

There are going to be gates placed on the new highway, to help close the road to traffic during future mine blasts.


Renee Passal

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