About the project
A coordinated effort
MnDOT, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, is currently undertaking the Preliminary Design and Environmental Study for the replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge on Minnesota Hwy 72 in the City of Baudette and Hwy 11 in the Town of Rainy River.
A continuous steel I-Girder, five 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. See the alignments and bridge alternatives that were under consideration.
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 bridge.