Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Baudette / Rainy River International Bridge Replacement

Highway 72 / Highway 11

About the project

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Baudette/Rainy River Bridge

A coordinated effort

MnDOT, in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, has currently started construction for the replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge on Hwy 72 in the City of Baudette, Minn. and Hwy 11 in the Town of Rainy River, Ontario.

Latest news

Upcoming schedule

(updated June 29)

  • The Contractor began moving in equipment and doing site preparation work the weeks of June 11 and June 25.
  • Beginning the week of July 2 the contractor will begin construction of a 250 foot temporary causeway into the Rainy River on the Minnesota side to have a working space to construct the bridge abutment and first river pier.

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Work completed

  • No significant work completed yet

Traffic impacts

  • Overall traffic impacts will be minimal as the new bridge will be constructed along side of the old bridge.
  • Through traffic will be maintained during the construction project. 
  • Traffic will encounter construction equipment on the Minnesota side which will be hauling equipment and material, to and from the temporary causeway that is adjacent to the existing bridge.