Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 72


About the Project

Map showing Highway 72 construction limits in Baudette between Highway 11 and the International Bridge.
Highway 72 in Baudette is scheduled for construction in 2024

Hwy 72 in Baudette is scheduled for construction in the summer of 2024. It was originally scheduled for 2023, but has been pushed to 2024.

The project will replace the pavement and utilities south of the International Bridge, with additional work on side streets by the City of Baudette.

Urban Reconstruct


Traffic impacts

  • There will be detours and staging when the project is constructed in 2024
    • Northbound traffic in town will use 1st Ave NW
    • Southbound traffic in town will use 3rd Ave SW
    • A temporary road will be used north of 3rd St NE to access the International Bridge
    • One way traffic only to access the Duty Free store

International Bridge

A new International Bridge connecting the United States and Canada in Baudette/Rainy River was completed in 2020. Because of Covid restrictions we could not hold a formal opening celebration and instead hosted a virtual event.

Upon completion of the Hwy 72 project in the fall of 2023 we are planning a community-wide celebration to highlight the transportation improvements on the bridge, Hwy 72 and Hwy 11.

Haven't seen the new bridge? Check out these photo's taken during/after construction.