The yet-unnamed bridge was opened to the pubic on September 15, 2017. It is the tallest bridge in the state, at just over 200 feet tall. It spans the Roucheleau mine lake, a former iron ore mine that has partially filled with groundwater. The paved Mesabi Trail crosses this bridge, connecting Virginia and cities west with Gilbert and cities east.
Access the Virginia Bridge via the Mesabi Trail by taking the Second Ave exit from Hwy 53 into Virginia. Follow Second Ave to the corner of Chestnut Street, turn right. Parking is available in front of the greenspace. on the north side of Chestnut Street. The paved Mesabi Trail crosses Chestnut at this point; head south (right) to access the trail. It is approximately eight-tenths of a mile from the start of the trail to the east side of the bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists share this trail.
The Eveleth-Virginia snowmobile spur trail crosses the bridge. Snowmobiles and pedestrians are expected to share the trail in winter. There is currently no legal ATV trail on the bridge, however, this is something that is being developed. When this happens, ATVs will be expected to use the south half of the trail, with pedestrians and cyclists sharing the north half of the trail.
This bridge was built because Hwy 53 was built on land owned by a mining company. As the mine expanded, the state of Minnesota was forced to move the road. You can learn more about this project here.