Officials closer to determining Kennedy Bridge improvements

Areas of the Kennedy Bridge identified as needing repairs. Photo credit: Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization.

City officials in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are getting closer to a final recommendation for improving the Kennedy Bridge.

An improvement project for the bridge is scheduled for 2016, but whether it will be rehabilitated or replaced has yet to be determined, according to Earl Haugen, executive director of the cities’ Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The MPO is in the middle of studying construction options for the bridge, which spans the Red River on U.S. Highway 2. It has programmed $25 million for the project, which could cover rehabilitation costs or the bridge’s replacement. Continue reading full story here.

You can view more photos of areas on the bridge that need repair here. They start on page 18 of the packet.

The rehabilitation route would take care of corrosion and rust on the bridge’s concrete and metal pieces. A potential pedestrian trail also could be added to the side of the bridge as pictured in the image to the right.

The study evaluating the pros and cons of replacement or rehabilitation is expected to be completed and presented to the public sometime in November or December by the MPO.

Similar efforts are on going for the Sorlie Bridge. You can keep up on those developments by visiting this website.

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