Construction Updates - Kennedy Bridge Project Update
Current traffic impact
A three-day closure of the Kennedy Bridge is currently in place and the detour should be removed by the end of the day on Friday, July 13. The closure is the final of three scheduled for this summer and allows for crews to finish pouring the deck concrete and allow curing.
During the closure, traffic is being detoured to Demers Avenue and South Washington Street. Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays on the Sorlie and Point Bridges, especially during peak travel times.
Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.
- Replacement of the entire bridge deck
- Structural repairs to the bridge
- Removal and replacement of curb, gutter and concrete pavement on the eastbound lanes of Highway 2 from the Fourth Street Bridge in East Grand Forks to approximately 200 feet west of the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks
- Replacement of curb, gutter and concrete pavement on the eastbound lanes of Hwy 2 from the Fourth St. Bridge in East Grand Forks to approximately 200 feet west of the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks
- Began blasting and priming of the structural steel on the bridge approach spans
- Began setting scaffolding and containment for truss blasting and painting
- Completion of northerly concrete bridge barriers (July)
- Replace curb, gutter and concrete pavement on the westbound lanes of Hwy 2 on from the Fourth St. Bridge in East Grand Forks to approximately 200 feet west of the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks
- Placement of concrete shared-use trail from bridge to the existing Greenway Trail
- Sandblast and paint all structural steel of the bridge (July-October)
- Install roadway and aesthetic lighting systems (Fall 2018)
- Traffic will remain one lane in each direction for the entire 2018 construction season. The westbound Fourth St. on-ramp will remain closed through August 2018. Then traffic will be switched to the westbound lanes, and the Fourth St. off-ramp will be closed
- The bridge will be open to 4 lanes of traffic prior to the winter of 2018/2019
Work scheduled for 2019
- There may be some minor work required to complete the project in the spring of 2019 (deck grinding, pavement painting/striping, etc.) Which may require short, temporary traffic restrictions. However there will not be any detours or long term traffic restrictions in 2019.
- Long term- Single lane traffic
- Restrictions for oversized vehicles
- MnDOT will try to coordinate passage for agricultural equipment when possible. Those crossings can only take place from 4-6 a.m., and must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact Paul Konickson during regular business hours at 218-277-7963, email@example.com.