Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

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Construction Updates - Kennedy Bridge Project

Current traffic impact

The work on the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge project is beginning to wrap up for the year. In about 2-3 weeks, the painting of the truss section of the bridge is expected to be completed, and the Kennedy Bridge will be fully open to four lanes of traffic by early December. These four lanes will consist of two 11.5-foot lanes in each direction with 4-foot-3-inch outside shoulders. The bridge will accommodate similar traffic and equipment as before the project.

We’ll be back in 2019 to finish up the project, but we thank you for your support, patience and commitment to safety throughout all phases of construction this year.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Work completed

  • Pier on west side of the Red River has been replaced
  • Replacement of the entire bridge deck is complete which includes an 8’9” shared-use trail on the north side of the bridge
  • Placement of a 10’ shared-use path connecting the bridge to the greenway trails on both sides of the Red River
  • Structural repairs to the bridge have been completed
  • Replacement of all curb, gutter and concrete pavement on Hwy 2 from the Fourth St. Bridge in East Grand Forks to approximately 200 feet west of the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks
  • Blasting and painting the majority of the truss section of the bridge and the North Dakota approach spans is complete
  • Installation of new lighting system on the bridge

Upcoming schedule

  • Blast and paint the remainder of the southwest portion of the truss and the east approach spans under the bridge
  • Complete lighting system installation on the bridge
  • The bridge will be open to four lanes of traffic by early December

Work scheduled for 2019

  • Miscellaneous minor painting work
  • Grinding of the concrete roadway and bridge surface to provide a smoother ride
  • Place permanent pavement markings
  • Removal of access temporary access roads
  • Final turf establishment
  • This work may require short, temporary traffic restrictions (lane closures, flaggers, etc.); however, detours and/or long-term traffic restrictions in 2019 are not anticipated.

Traffic impacts

  • Long term- Single lane traffic
  • 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


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.