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North Dakota Department of Transportation News Release. Toll Free: 1-855-NDROADS (637-6237)
09/27/2017 11:56 AM

Three day detour of Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks begins tonight

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists in East Grand Forks will encounter another three day closure of the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge beginning tonight. Crews will close the bridge at 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28 through 1:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The closure will allow crews to pour concrete on the south half of the truss sections, along with time for it to cure.

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. 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.

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:

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