Construction resumes on the Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks beginning Thursday, May 9. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction until approximately mid-June, weather permitting.
During this time, crews will begin removing temporary concrete barriers and access roads, and complete painting, grinding to the concrete deck and pavement, permanent pavement markings and final turf work. An 12-foot width restriction is in effect.
Motorists can expect delays and should obey traffic control.
Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.
Miscellaneous minor painting work
Grinding of the concrete roadway and bridge surface to provide a smoother ride
Permanent pavement markings
Removal of temporary concrete barriers and access roads
Final turf establishment
About this project
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.
Although the bridge deck will have a brand new look, motorists won't see much difference in lane space as the biggest change is to the bike and pedestrian trail. A center median is not a design standard on bridges of this size, and by removing it the space can be better used to provide a safe walkway.
Although the driving lanes are decreased by 6 inches, the shoulders see an increase of 15 inches. When complete, the bridge will be able to accommodate the same vehicles that use it now.
Check out the about tab for more information on the history, planning, design and FAQ for the Kennedy Bridge project.