Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Oct. 22, 2018

Additional lane closure on the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks begins Oct. 29

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks will experience an additional lane closure throughout the week of Oct. 29 to allow bridge crews to perform inspections.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions starting Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An automated traffic signal will control traffic, and delays can be expected. After 3:30 p.m. each day, the current head-to-head traffic will resume.

The Kennedy Bridge is under construction as part of a two-year reconstruction project. The 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.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in work zones and never enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones.

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