Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Latest News

(July 25, 2017)

Plan ahead, as the Kennedy Bridge will be closed this weekend to allow crews to pour concrete for the east deck approach span.

The closure will take place from 6:00 a.m. Friday, July 28 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 31.

Crews will pour the concrete on Friday, and then no work will take place on the deck while the concrete cures Saturday and Sunday.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Demers Avenue and South Washington Street. Motorists should plan ahead and expect delays on the Sorlie and Point Bridges, especially during peak travel times.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Construction Updates

Work completed

  • Completed grading east and west of the bridge.
  • Removal of the concrete on the eastbound lanes.
  • New pier 6 footings and south pier column concrete poured.
  • Pin & Hanger assemblies replaced on south half of bridge.

Upcoming schedule

  • Pour east deck approach span (includes this weekend’s closure of Kennedy Bridge and detour).
  • Transfer bridge from temporary pier to the new permanent pier (this will require an overnight closure in mid-August)
  • Continue to form deck for westerly approach span and truss spans
  • Curb & Gutter and Concrete pavement on eastbound lanes

Traffic impacts

  • Detour- 6:00 a.m. Friday, July 28 through 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 31
  • 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.