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Highway 72 bridge in Baudette

Highway 72 bridge in Baudette
Highway 72 bridge in Baudette/Photo by Alissa Haupt

Issues: Rust is a problem, especially between some of the plates that are riveted together. The steel has been eaten away in some areas.

Fracture critical? Yes

Structurally deficient? No

Sufficiency rating: 40.3

Deck rating: 5

Superstructure rating: 5

Substructure rating: 5

Length: 1,285 feet

Width: 26.5 feet

Average daily traffic: 2,100 vehicles

Passes over: Rainy River into Rainy River, Ontario, Canada

Constructed in: 1959

Construction starts: Between 2016 and 2018. Officials from Ontario and Minnesota are coordinating funds. 

Construction should finish Between 2018 and 2020 — a two-year project

Cost: $40 and $70 million for Minnesota. Ontario will pay the other half.

Detour: No plans are set. One option is to build the new bridge next to the current one so that traffic can run on the old bridge during construction.

New bridge: Steel conventional modern design. It will have wider shoulders and a pedestrian walkway.

Source: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Alleen Brown is a senior journalism and global studies student at the University of Minnesota.

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