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BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists in East Grand Forks can expect further delays during off peak hours as they travel across the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge beginning Saturday, June 24. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by flaggers, to allow crews to drive pilings through the bridge deck as part of the construction of a new pier.
Two-way traffic will remain during peak travel times, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; the additional lane closures are expected to last up to one week.
The bridge deck is currently resting on a temporary pier while construction of a new pier takes place. 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 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. To learn more about this project, go to MnDOT’s project page: www.mndot.gov/d2/projects/kennedybridge/.
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.