Lane switch for Kennedy Bridge project in East Grand Forks begins this week
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Motorists in East Grand Forks will experience a lane shift this week on the Kennedy Bridge as crews prepare to move traffic from the westbound lanes to the eastbound lanes. When complete the eastbound ramp to Fourth Street/River Road will be open and the westbound ramp closed.
Crews have completed reconstruction of the concrete deck and barrier on the southern half of the bridge, and following the traffic switch work will move to the northern half. Once traffic is moved onto the eastbound lanes, it will remain in that configuration through next year.
Height and weight restrictions are in effect and the bridge may not be able to accommodate some oversize vehicles or farm equipment during this phase of the project. When complete, it will be able to accommodate all of the same vehicles and equipment that used it previously.
Stakeholders are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for email updates to stay current with the construction schedule, www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/kennedybridge/
The final design features a complete deck replacement, pier replacement, structural repairs and new lighting. The new layout will maintain four lanes of traffic and also adds an additional protected walkway that will connect the Greenway Trail on each side of the river.
Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The two year project to reconstruct the Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge kicked off on Feb. 13. The $15.66 million project is a joint design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
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