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Environmental Assessment released for the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge replacement project


February 14, 2017

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites the public to attend an open house and public hearing on Tuesday, February 21 regarding the proposed replacement of the Baudette/Rainy River International Bridge.

The open house and public hearing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the City of Baudette Council Chambers 106 Main Street West in Baudette. The event will provide an opportunity for citizens to review the proposed project and potential environmental impacts, make comments, and ask questions. MnDOT officials will be available to answer questions.

The Environmental Assessment/Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EA/EAW) document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts. The document is available on the project website at

Copies of the EA/EAW are available upon request in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities. The documents are also available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

• Baudette Public Library, 110 First Ave SW, Baudette, MN 56623

• MnDOT District 2 Office, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601

• MnDOT Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155

• Environmental Conservation Library, Hennepin County Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 54401

Written comments will be accepted at the public hearing or via mail, prior to the close of the 45-day public comment period on March 23, 2017, to Joseph McKinnon, Project Manager, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601.

The project to replace the bridge is a joint effort between the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. It will provide a more structurally sound crossing, which will improve mobility between the two cities.

To view project materials and designs, or stay connected with the project:

• Check the website at

• Sign up for project email updates

• Join the interactive discussion

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718 or email


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