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New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:29:15 PM »

Looking around on GSV, I noticed that US-53 was recently realigned in Virginia MN, and crosses a large bridge over a lake on its new alignment. The bridge looks beautiful, probably hundreds of feet above the water, with steep rock cliffs on each side. Anyone been up that far to drive it? The next time I'm in northern Wisconsin and have a free day, I might take a day trip up to StL County to see that bridge.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2019, 11:33:12 PM »

I have. The road was realigned because the old alignment was located on a strip of land on lease to MnDOT from a mining company, who declined to renew the lease. The scenery from the bridge itself is disappointingly unscenic, but if you can find a place to get better vantages of it it should be neat.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019, 01:42:31 PM »

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The bridge looks beautiful, probably hundreds of feet above the water

Just over 200 feet above the lake.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2019, 09:05:09 PM »

I just noticed the new alignment on Google Maps, and came here because I figured someone would have already started a thread about it.  It's interesting to note that's not actually a "lake", at least not in the same sense as Minnesota's other 10,000 natural lakes.  It's an inundated mine pit.  Given that, I wonder if the new alignment is also on leased land.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2019, 11:18:38 PM »

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It's interesting to note that's not actually a "lake", at least not in the same sense as Minnesota's other 10,000 natural lakes.

In terms of being a "natural" lake or not, correct.  But it is a lake.  And worth noting that it's the primary source of drinking water for Virginia.

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Given that, I wonder if the new alignment is also on leased land.

As I understand it, yes and no.  The mine still owns the land the relocated 53 is on, but the State bought the mineral rights.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2019, 09:25:17 AM »

...worth noting that it's the primary source of drinking water for Virginia.
From what I can see, the mine was inundated only within the past 20 years or so.  What did they drink prior to that?
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2019, 01:32:52 PM »

I'm not sure I'd want to drink water from an inundated mine pit!
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2019, 07:36:44 AM »

...worth noting that it's the primary source of drinking water for Virginia.
From what I can see, the mine was inundated only within the past 20 years or so.  What did they drink prior to that?

Despite being a former mining pit, that lake is spring-fed.  As I understand it, the spring has been a source for the city for decades.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »

Well "spring fed" in the sense that it's a hole in the ground below the local water table.
The more correct term would be a "seepage lake" since it has a tiny watershed relative to its size and no perennial streams flowing in or out.
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2019, 04:53:02 PM »

The more correct term would be a "seepage lake"

Congratulations, you found a way to make it sound even more disgusting than drinking from an old mining pit. :-D
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Re: New US-53 bridge - Virginia, MN
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2019, 07:04:35 PM »

The more correct term would be a "seepage lake"

Congratulations, you found a way to make it sound even more disgusting than drinking from an old mining pit. :-D

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