Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

March 15, 2019

Eastbound lane closure on the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks begins Monday

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The outside eastbound lane on the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks will be closed for one week beginning at 7 a.m., on Monday, March 18, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The lane will be closed as crews remove the painting scaffolding from underneath the bridge in anticipation of the upcoming spring snow melt and potential high water of the Red River.

During the lane closure, an 11-foot width-restriction will be in effect. Motorists can expect delays and should obey traffic control.

The Kennedy Bridge has been under construction as part of a two-year reconstruction project. In December, the bridge was reopened to four lanes of traffic. Work will resume this spring when the weather allows and should be completed by early summer. There are no detours and/or long-term traffic restrictions anticipated in 2019, but motorists can expect temporary traffic restrictions as crews finish up the project.

The Kennedy Bridge was built in 1963 and currently serves 23,000 vehicles per day. Along with preserving the historic nature of the bridge, the project improves safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The $15.66 million project is a joint design of MnDOT, the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. Visit the project website at mndot.gov/d2/projects/kennedybridge for more information.

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