Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Historic Bridges

Rainy River International Bridge (Bridge 9412)

Rainy River International Bridge (Bridge 9412)

Rainy River International Bridge
See features of the bridge

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.

Location

City of Baudette (Lake of the Woods County)
Latitude, Longitude: 48.71882691, -94.59115885

Bridge features

Rainy River International Bridge

Design and construction of a Pennsylvania through truss.

Rainy River International Bridge

Location over Rainy River, functioning as a major

river crossing.

Rainy River International Bridge

Function as an International crossing providing an additional point of entry between Minnesota and Canada.