Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Project begins

The project kicks off this week with crews setting up traffic control and lane closures are expected to begin by Friday, March 15.

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for the duration of the two year project, but the bridge will remain open for most of it. Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Traffic impacts

  • Short term- Occasional detours of up to three days duration
  • Long term- Lane closures
  • 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, paul.konickson@state.mn.us.

About this project

Redesign

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.

Although the bridge deck will have a brand new look, motorists won't see much difference in lane space as the biggest change is to the bike and pedestrian trail. A center median is not a design standard on bridges of this size, and by removing it the space can be better used to provide a safe walkway.

Although the driving lanes are decreased by 6 inches, the shoulders see an increase of 15 inches. When complete, the bridge will be able to accommodate the same vehicles that use it now.

Current layout of the bridge deck

Current layout of the bridge deck

Future layout after construction

Future layout after construction

Visualization of Kennedy Bridge after construction

Visualization of Kennedy Bridge after construction

Learn more

Check out the about tab for more information on the history, planning, design and FAQ for the Kennedy Bridge project.