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BEMIDJI, Minn. – A two year project to reconstruct the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks kicks off today and lane closures are anticipated to be effected by Friday.
Along with height and weight restrictions, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for the duration of the project. Additional detours of up to three days duration will take place occasionally throughout the project.
Stakeholders are encouraged to visit the website and sign up for email updates to stay current with the construction schedule, www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/kennedybridge/
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.
Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project will improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
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.
The Kennedy Bridge was built in 1963 and currently serves 23,000 vehicles per day. Two other bridges span the Red River in East Grand Forks, including the Sorlie Bridge which underwent a $4.2 million restoration in 2015.
For real-time travel information and road conditions anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.