Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Congressional Transportation Status Report

Hwy 72, Rainy River Bridge in Baudette

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About the project

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The Rainy River Bridge in Baudette is an important international border crossing between the United States and Canada. Closest adjacent crossings are 60 miles to the east or west.

The steel, high truss bridge with open-grate deck was constructed in 1959 and serves local residents, tourism and commercial trucking traffic.

Project benefits

Upgrading or replacing the bridge will improve geometry and traffic safety while ensuring continued international access. It is currently unknown whether the bridge will be rehabilitated or replaced.

Key issues and risks

  • Possible relocation or modifications to U.S. and Canadian Customs buildings and to the transfer station, which provides power to the cities of Baudette and Rainy River in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada
  • Cultural resources in Minnesota and Ontario
  • International agreements developed and coordinated to enable budget and logistics planning