BEMIDJI, Minn. – Motorists in East Grand Forks who want to travel across the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge will be detoured overnight on June 6 while the bridge is shifted onto a temporary pier, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The bridge will close at 9 p.m., Tuesday, June 6 and reopen by 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, June 7. Workers will use jacks to transfer the bridge onto a temporary pier. Crews will then demolish the current pier and construct a new one.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured to Demers Avenue and South Washington Street.
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.
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/.
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.