Rainy River International Bridge (Bridge 9412)
History & significance
The Rainy River International Bridge carries State Highway 72 over the Rainy River at the Canadian border (Ontario Highway 11) in Baudette, Lake of the Woods County. The Pennsylvania through truss was constructed in 1959. It is significant as an international crossing. As the first bridge at this location, it was part of transportation initiatives by local proponents to connect Minnesota and Canada by providing an additional point of entry that relieved congestion at established border crossings, connected important market or industrial routes to Ontario, and expanded recreation and tourism. The Pennsylvania through truss is also significant as an uncommon bridge type in Minnesota.
City of Baudette (Lake of the Woods County)
Latitude, Longitude: 48.71882691, -94.59115885