Gravel mine in Minnesota to operate 24/7

Brian Ethridge

January 8, 2015

Huge piles of sand loomed over heavy machinery at the Dakota Aggregates mine at UMore Park. | Credit: StarTribune.
Huge piles of sand loomed over heavy machinery at the Dakota Aggregates mine at UMore Park. | Credit: StarTribune.

 

Dakota Aggregates has received permission to run its UMore Park operation in Rosemount, Minnesota, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, due to increasing demand.

As reported by the StarTribune, the gravel mine is located on land owned by the University of Minnesota, and is one of a number of south metro gravel mines that feed construction across the metro. Thanks to the economic recovery, gravel for construction is in high demand and current trends seem to favor nighttime construction to avoid daytime traffic congestion, which means 24/7 operations are becoming more common.

“We’ve seen the volumes and we understand that the business is sort of rebounding a little bit,” Steven Lott, director of operations for UMore Development, LLC said, according to the StarTribune. “So we’re encouraged.”

The permit to allow for a 24/7 operation was approved in the fall by the Rosemount City Council, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company will work every second of the day.

“We may only run 18 hours, you know, 20 hours. And then there’ll be some hauling,” Tim Becken, Cemstone’s senior vice president of operations told the StarTribune. “There’ll be a job here or a job there.”

The mine originally operated between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., and hauling was allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays.

The University of Minnesota has designated about 1,700 of UMore Park’s 5,000 acres for mining, though only 80 acres can be mined at any given time. The university believes the mine will produce $3 million to $5 million annually.

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