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BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 2 at the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks will experience a ramp closure and lane switches beginning Friday, April 14. The westbound ramp from Fourth Street / River Road will close and the bridge will carry single lane traffic in each direction on the southern two lanes.
Construction crews have completed construction of the temporary crossovers and began using two cranes to drive pilings on Wednesday afternoon.
A second lane switch is scheduled later in the month when traffic will be moved to the northern half of the bridge. The eastbound ramp from Fourth Street / River Road will then be closed.
Stakeholders are encouraged to visit the project 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. When complete, it will be able to accommodate all of the same vehicles and equipment that use it currently.
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.