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Kennedy Bridge Lane Closures Begin Friday, March 17th

Post Date:03/16/2017 4:41 PM

Grand Forks, ND – A two year project to reconstruct the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in
Grand Forks & East Grand Forks kicks off today and lane closures are anticipated to be
affected by Friday, March 17th.

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.

Motorists are encouraged to visit the MN DOT 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.
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