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) for more information.
After thoroughly studying all options a redesign of the bridge deck was selected. It is a lower cost alternative, yet offers the benefit of increasing safety for all users: motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. The final design features a complete deck replacement which will maintain four lanes of traffic and also adds an additional separate walkway for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Technical Memorandum: Pier 6 Movement Capacity (PDF)
- Geotechnical Conditions Report (PDF)
- Hydraulic Analysis Report (PDF)
- Bridge Scour Review (PDF)
- Final Report: US Trunk Highway 2 Red River Crossing (Kennedy Bridge) Planning Study (PDF)
- Kennedy Bridge Planning Study Technical Memorandum: Bridge Rehabilitation Alternatives (PDF)
- Kennedy Bridge Planning Study Technical Memorandum: Bridge Replacement Options (PDF)
- Final Report: Rehabilitation Report for John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (PDF)
Bridge inspections and ratings
The MnDOT Bridge Office provides structural and hydraulic leadership for district offices, consultants and other units of government to maintain Minnesota's bridges and structures. You can learn more at the Bridges and Structures homepage, including: inspections, ratings, design, construction and historic bridges.