Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (Bridge 9090)

John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge (Bridge 9090)

John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge
See features of the bridge

History & significance

Bridge 9090, constructed in 1963, carries U.S. Highway 2 over the Red River of the North at the North Dakota state line in East Grand Forks, Polk County. The bridge features two Parker camelback through truss main spans with riveted and bolted connections. Like other bridges over the Red River of the North, the bridge displays engineering features to accommodate the shifting soils, including a central pier for stability, rocker bents, and long approach spans. The bridge is significant for representing an engineering solution to particular site conditions and as an exceptionally long Parker steel through truss span. It is also significant for representing an initiative to improve and expand transportation networks in the region and open new areas of the state to economic development.

Location

City of East Grand Forks (Polk County)
Latitude, Longitude: 47.93327322, -97.03717877

Bridge features

John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge

Design and construction of a Parker steel, through truss exceeding main span lengths for its type.

John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge
Location over Red River of the North, functioning as
a major river crossing.