Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Latest News

(October 6, 2017)

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Construction Updates

Crews are currently working on completing the concrete pavement on the eastbound lanes and they continue to form and pour the concrete bridge barrier on the south side of the bridge. Preparations have also began on prepping & painting the steel bridge beams on the east approach spans of the bridge. 

Work completed

  • Concrete deck poured in the truss spans of the eastbound lanes

Upcoming schedule

  • Continue prepping & painting steel bridge beams on east approach spans of bridge and begin working on the west approach spans.
  • Upon completion of the bridge rail/barrier and the concrete pavement on the eastbound lanes, traffic is will switch over to the eastbound lanes and the westbound lanes will be closed.  
    • This this traffic switch should take place around the end of October and last through the summer of 2018.
    • Traffic will still remain one lane in each direction. 
    • The westbound ramp from 4th St./River road will be closed, and the eastbound ramp from Highway 2 to 4th St./River Road will be open during this phase.
    • There will be slight variations to which lanes are open to traffic during the traffic switch and there may be short term delays, but one lane will be open in each direction at all times.
  • Remove the north half of the concrete bridge deck after the traffic switch is completed.

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.