Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks

Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks
Highway 2 Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks/Photo by Alissa Haupt

Issues: There has been substructure movement and rust problems.

Fracture critical? Yes

Structurally deficient? No

Sufficiency rating: 83.4

Deck rating: 6

Superstructure rating: 7

Substructure rating: 6

Length: 1,261 feet

Width: 65 feet

Average daily traffic: 21,500 vehicles (2004)

Passes over: Red River into Grand Forks, N.D.

Constructed in: 1963

Construction starts in: 2018

Construction should finish in: 2020

Cost: $40 million to $70 million for Minnesota. North Dakota will pay the other half.

Detour: Discussions with North Dakota, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will determine the detour.

New bridge: The new bridge will have a conventional modern design. Details have not been set.

Source:
Minnesota Department of Transportation

Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.


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