A community walk across the new U.S. Highway 53 bridge in Virginia will be held Saturday afternoon.

The Iron Range Tourism Bureau is organizing the opportunity for people to walk across the bridge’s pedestrian path en masse from 2-5 p.m. A drone will take photos of the group crossing the bridge to share online.

The bridge across the flooded Rouchleau mine pit - which in addition to Highway 53 also carries the Mesabi Trail - opened earlier this month. It was built to allow for the relocation of the highway to make way for mining.

The walk is free, but all participants will have to sign a waiver. The registration area will be on First Avenue East at the end of Chestnut Street in Virginia. Parking will be available in several city-owned lots; go to bridgedaze.com/community-walk for more information.

Participants should be prepared to walk at least 1½ miles; there will not be shuttle buses, but water will be available.

Organizers said they’ve invited state Sen. David Tomassoni of Chisholm to lead the walk, along with Hat Trick the dog - “Hatty” for short - who was rescued in August 2016 after getting stuck on a rock wall at the construction site.

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