A coordinated effort
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.
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.