Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Public Meeting

Area residents, business owners and others are invited to attend an open house on Wednesday, March 1 to learn more about the reconstruction of the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge between East Grand Forks and Grand Forks.

Community members are welcome to drop by anytime between 4:00 and 6:00 pm at the East Grand Forks City Hall training room, 600 Demers Avenue. Information on the project timeline, lane closures, short-term detours and anticipated traffic impacts will be available. There will not be a formal presentation, but representatives from MnDOT and the project contractor will be on hand to answer questions.

Project Background

Redesign

Construction is expected to begin in March and the bridge will remain open throughout most of the two year project. Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

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.

Redesigned Bridgedeck

Bridge evaluation

The Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge over the Red River, built in 1963, is was evaluated to determine the long-term plan for maintaining this important four-lane crossing. A range of options from rehabilitation of the bridge to potential replacement was studied. Input from local residents was used to help define the objectives and its potential impacts were identified by understanding the needs of its users. See the project fact sheet (PDF 4 MB) for more information.

Traffic impacts

  • Short term, temporary detours
  • Long term lane closures
  • Short term, temporary detours