by Duluth News Tribune
March 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
The state has five years to move a mile-long segment of U.S. Highway 53 near Virginia to make way for United Taconite’s expanding mine pit.
Tags: auto, Business, Iron Range, MnDOT, Transportation, Virginia 13 Comments »
Why not build a high bridge over the area from one end of the current 53 to the other, over the new mining area.
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Tansey: Don’t give them any ideas. This is going to get good. The mining companies traditionally have gotten what they want, only this time Cliffs is letting people vent. Then they will do what they want to do. Which means the state DOT fill find itself in a tight spot, with none of the public satisfied.
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Cleveland Cliffs isn’t letting people vent, the DOT is having public meetings about the two options. The DOT knew in 1960 they would have to move 53, there is not a question of if it will be moved, but where.
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The DOT is holding the informational meetings. However, in the end, the road will go where Cliffs will let it go, not where the DOT or the people might like it to go. If Cliffs doesn’t want the road to go through Thunderbird North, it won’t go there. If Cliffs doesn’t want the road to go East of the Rouchleau and Missabe Mtn. pits because they desire to mine taconite reserves in that area, the road will not go there. All things are possible, but it could easily be considered a 90-10 chance the road will not go where the public wants it. And Cliffs knows this, Jim.
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I’m sorry I was thinking you meant people might be opposed to moving 53. You are right Cliffs will probably be the one making the ultimate decision, but the only option I can see working in M-1.
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They should send it straight over the existing mine pit. Then travelers can get a full view of the impact of open pit mining on Minnesota’s geography.
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Haven’t been to Virginia? You can see all you want from 53 right now. Do you think people won’t like seeing a working mine?
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As you cruise through in your 2000 lbs of steel.
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Yes, Jim, I have been to Virginia. There is currently a narrow strip of trees between the highway and the mine to create the illusion of being in a forest instead of near a huge mine pit.
David, that’s a great point. I would love it if more people could see how their 2,000 lbs of steel came into existence. The biggest problems in our country are caused because they are removed from people in either space or time. Now if our gas pumps would read phrases like “Drilled in Nigeria” and “Plundered from Afghanistan”, maybe people would think twice about the global consequences of their individual decisions.
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There is nothing between 53 and the mine now. In Virginia the mine comes right up to 53. Things have changed.
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If the mine came right up to 53, people would be driving off the road into the pit all the time. There are lots of trees and even a little bike between the highway and the mine. Look at Google Maps, drive up there yourself. Unless something has changed in the past 6 months, I can assure you that the mine does not go right up to Highway 53.
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After they move the road- how long before they want to move the town of Virginia? Hey- there is a precedent of towns being moved- right?
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Better ask for Mayor Don Ness’s opinion.
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