Route 53 Bridge Ahead of Schedule
New Bridge Will be State's Tallest
VIRGINIA, Minn. – The new bridge on U.S. Route 53 is ahead of schedule.
The new bridge, which will be the tallest in the state, should open sometime in August, not November as originally planned.
Virginia’s Mayor, Larry Cuffe, Jr. says the new bridge benefits the Iron Range as a whole.
“It’s a large bridge that really connects the economic vitality of the Quad Cities; Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert, Mountain Iron and beyond,” said Cuffe. “If we didn’t have that bridge, people would have to seek other avenues to go around and these communities would probably suffer significantly economically.”
On Tuesday, the Virginia City Council approved funds for lighting for pedestrian rest areas on the bridge. Those lights should cost the city about $15,400.