MnDOT Selects 2 Contractors for Hwy 53 Relocation Project

2 Contractors Selected for Hwy 53 Relocation Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has selected two national contractors to play key roles in the Highway 53 relocation project between Eveleth and Virginia.

Kiewit Infrastructure Company, based in Englewood, Colo., has been named the Construction Manager/General Contractor for the project, a role that allows for an integrated and collaborative approach to planning, designing and constructing a project.

Initially, Kiewit will provide expertise into the project design.

Once designed, Kiewit will submit a bid to build the project.

MnDOT also selected Parsons, a California-based engineering, construction, technical and management services firm, to design the new bridge for the project.

In addition, Parsons will deliver the roadway, drainage, geotechnical, and structural health monitoring designs for the project.

The project includes almost three miles of new four-lane road construction, a 1,100-foot bridge across the Rouchleau iron ore mining pit, a new interchange at Highway 53/Highway135, and utility and trail relocation.

The total cost for the project, including construction, engineering, right of way, minerals, etc., is currently estimated at $180 million to $240 million.

The cost will be refined as more engineering and design is completed.

Highway 53 within the project area is on land owned by a mining company that has been leasing the property to the state since 1960.

The land owner and mine operator have given MnDOT notice that they will be terminating the easement rights in order to continue their mining operations – necessitating the highway relocation.

To meet the deadline for relinquishing the current highway easements, MnDOT will build the new Highway 53 bridge on an accelerated schedule.

Completion is slated for fall 2017.

The project currently is in the final environmental impact statement (EIS) process, which is anticipated to conclude fall 2015.

There are three “build” and two “no-build” options in the EIS.

MnDOT is proceeding to design the preferred alternative alignment known as E2 prior to the conclusion of the final EIS in order to meet the aggressive project deadline.

For more information, visit the project website at:

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