Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Latest News

(June 23, 2017)

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by Flaggers, beginning June 24. The additional lane closures will only take place outside of peak travel times (6:30 - 9 a.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m.)

Crews have been busy completing: structural repairs, grading of eastbound lanes located east of bridge, installation of storm sewer east of the bridge, and formation of the bridge deck on the eastern approach span. As construction begins on the new bridge pier, crews must drive pilings through the bridge deck which require the increased lane closures over the next week.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Construction Updates

Work completed

  • Construction of temporary Pier 6 completed and load transferred from the old pier
  • Old pier 6 removed
  • Concrete pavement removal completed on eastbound lanes located east of bridge

Upcoming schedule

  • Completion of pile driving for new pier 6
  • Continue construction of the new pier
  • Continue to form deck on east approach span
  • Continue grading on east end and remove concrete pavement of the eastbound lanes located west of bridge

Traffic impacts

  • Lane closures / single lane traffic- June 24-30
  • 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.