Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 14, 2018

Three-day detour of Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks begins Wednesday

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge will be closed for three days beginning at 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16 and reopening to traffic by Saturday, May 19. The closure will allow crews to pour concrete for the northern half of the deck on the western portion of the bridge.

A three-day closure is needed to allow two full days of cure time for the concrete. This is the first of three concrete deck pours that will take place over the summer.

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.

The Kennedy Bridge was built in 1963 and currently serves 23,000 vehicles per day. Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. When complete, it will be able to accommodate all of the same vehicles and equipment that used it previously.

The $15.66 million project is a joint design of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Visit the project website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/kennedybridge for more information.

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