The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) relocated a portion of T.H. 53 between Eveleth and Virginia, MN. The preferred alignment crosses the existing Rouchleau iron ore pit on a 1,100-foot bridge. Two abutments and one pier of the bridge will be founded on bedrock. Future iron ore mining adjacent to the alignment will create rock slopes up to 500 ft high. After mining, the new roadway will be atop a trapezoidal cross-section 300 ft wide at the top and with downslopes of about 53 degrees.
Mr. O’Connor is a mining engineer with a Master of Applied Science degree in Mineral Resource Engineering. He has worked in the mining field for over 20 years focusing on advanced numerical modeling and geomechanics. Mr. O’Connor has returned to Itasca after four years working at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine as the Senior Ground Control Engineer for the site.
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