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, is currently constructing 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.

July 10, 2020- Update

  • Pier construction is complete
  • Abutment construction is complete
  • Girder erection is complete
  • Contractor is currently working on forming and pouring the concrete deck which is scheduled to be completed around August 1st.
  • Bridge approach work, bridge rails, concrete walk and bridge lighting are to be completed after deck construction with the new bridge to be open to traffic in mid-September.
  • Demolition of the existing bridge will begin this fall and be completed in 2021.

International Bridge from drone

Visit the photo gallery to view pictures of construction progress.

Traffic impacts

  • Overall traffic impacts will be minimal as the new bridge is 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.

NAVIGATION WARNING:  Users of the Rainy River are advised that construction activities are ongoing to construct a new bridge and replace the existing International Bridge.  Users should expect additional boating traffic as construction materials and workers are ferried to and from barges that are anchored.  A navigation channel is marked with Port and Starboard buoys up and down stream of the construction site; these buoys are illuminated for low light and dark conditions.  Additionally, there are temporary works and barges within the water way that are illuminated with yellow flashing beacons for low light and dark conditions.  PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION.