Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

Latest News

(May 11, 2017) Traffic layout on the bridge will remain in the same configuration throughout the fall with motorists using the northern lanes.

The Greenway Trail has a paved temporary trail to route pedestrians and bicyclists around the construction area.

Crews have removed the western bridge approaches and a barge has been moved into place to assist in construction. Boat traffic should also use caution as they navigate along the construction zone.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Continue removing the southern portion of the bridge deck.
  • Continue to construct the temporary pier. When complete the bridge will rest on the temporary pier to allow crews to construct a new permanent pier.

Traffic impacts

  • 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.