MnDOT scraps U.S. Hwy 53 western route option; Sen. Tomassoni gives nod of approval

ST.PAUL, Minn — Since it was originally proposed, Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) has opposed the western route option in the Highway 53 relocation between Virginia and Eveleth. MnDOT’s decision to drop the option due to its high community, economic and environmental impacts comes as a welcome decision.

“The westerly route was a non-starter from the beginning because of the severe impact it would have on businesses, schools and emergency services in the quad cities,” Senator Tomassoni said. “I’m glad MnDOT and Commissioner Zelle have taken the option off the table, and I would like to thank the thousands of people who have actively participated in this process.”

MnDOT is still considering three other possible routes. The state has to relocate the roadway by May 2017 because Cliffs Natural Resources has rights to mine minerals currently located under the roadway.

For more information on the Highway 53 relocation, Sen. Tomassoni’s office can be contacted by phone at (651) 296-8017 or by email at

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David Tomassoni represents District 6, which includes portions of Itasca and St. Louis counties in the northeastern part of the state.

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