Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Latest News

(October 25, 2017)

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Construction Updates - Kennedy Bridge Project Update

Work completed

  • Southern half of the bridge deck and concrete barrier
  • Southern half of the concrete roadway

Upcoming schedule

    On Monday, Nov. 20 crews will be installing temporary roadway lighting on the Kennedy Bridge. The work will require temporary lane closures, which will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Short delays can be expected as flaggers control the work zone by allowing only one direction of traffic across the bridge at a time. We appreciate your patience through all of these delays, closures and detours

    Traffic impacts

    • Traffic switch in late October
    • 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.