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 2023

Hwy 72 in Baudette is scheduled for construction in the summer of 2023. 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

  • Between Hillside Ave and Franklin Ave
    • Resurfacing
    • Additional Boulevard spacing
    • Sidewalk replacement
    • Turning improvements at the intersection with Hwy 64
    • Highway lighting


  • Franklin Ave to east of Scherer Ave
    • Resurfacing

Traffic impacts

  • There will be detours and project staging when the project is constructed in 2023

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.