Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 2 Kennedy Bridge

East Grand Forks

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Construction Updates - Kennedy Bridge Project

Current traffic impact

Bridge is currently open with four lanes of traffic.

Testing of the aesthetic lighting system on the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks begins on Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Feb. 1. The testing is required as part of the construction project to ensure that the lighting controller and system are working properly.

During the test period, the lighting on the bridge will be displayed as a different color each day. Upon completion of testing, the lighting will revert back to its standard white light.

The bridge was opened to four lanes in December 2018. Crews will return in the spring to finish up the project. Temporary traffic restrictions, such as crossovers, lane restrictions and closures, flaggers, etc., are expected. Detours and/or long term traffic restrictions in 2019 are not anticipated.

Thank you for your support, patience and commitment to safety throughout all phases of construction.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Work completed

  • Pier on west side of the Red River has been replaced
  • Replacement of the entire bridge deck is complete which includes an 8’9” shared-use trail on the north side of the bridge
  • Placement of a 10’ shared-use path connecting the bridge to the greenway trails on both sides of the Red River
  • Structural repairs to the bridge
  • Replacement of all curb, gutter and concrete pavement on Hwy 2 from the Fourth Street Bridge in East Grand Forks to approximately 200 feet west of the Kennedy Bridge in Grand Forks
  • Blasting and painting of the bridge steel
  • Installation of new lighting system on the bridge
  • Bridge opened to four lanes of traffic

Upcoming schedule

  • Test aesthetic lighting system

Work scheduled for 2019

  • Miscellaneous minor painting work
  • Grinding of the concrete roadway and bridge surface to provide a smoother ride
  • Permanent pavement markings
  • Removal of temporary access roads
  • Final turf establishment
  • This work may require short, temporary traffic restrictions (lane closures, flaggers, etc.); however, detours and/or long-term traffic restrictions in 2019 are not anticipated.

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.

Current layout of the bridge deck

Current layout of the bridge deck

Future layout after construction

Future layout after construction

Visualization of Kennedy Bridge after construction

Visualization of Kennedy Bridge after construction

Learn more

Check out the about tab for more information on the history, planning, design and FAQ for the Kennedy Bridge project.