Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Baudette / Rainy River International Bridge Replacement

Highway 72 / Highway 11

Baudette Bridge
Baudette Bridge

A coordinated effort

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), is currently undertaking the Preliminary Design and Environmental Study for the replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge on Minnesota Trunk Highway 72 in the City of Baudette and Highway 11 in the Town of Rainy River.

Preferred alignment

A continuous steel I-Girder, 5 span bridge was selected as the preferred alternative because it is a standard structure type in Minnesota and Ontario, uses fewer piers in the river and allows for the use of prefabricated elements. This plan includes a new alignment constructed three feet upstream (east) of the existing bridge. The new alignment and bridge profile will improve sight distances and drainage, and will maintain two lanes of traffic, shoulders and a sidewalk for bikes and pedestrians.

Refer to the Maps tab to review the alignments and bridge alternatives that were under consideration.

New bridge alignment

New bridge alignment


Bride completion visualization

New bridge visualization



As part of the Preliminary Design and Environmental Study process, MnDOT and the MTO developed design concepts for the new Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge and the roadway approaches on either side of the border.

See visualizations of what the new bridge will look like and current photos of the International Bridge.

Location map

See project area map


  • Environmental Study Complete: Spring 2016
  • Final Bridge Design: 2016-17
  • Construction: 2018


Environmental Assessment Study
Environmental Assessment Study timeline.