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1 Baudette, Minnesota/Rainy River, Ontario International Bridge

2 Location

3  US and Canadian Customs facilities are at each end of the bridge approach  Alignment on US side made challenging by US Customs equipment, City park, substation and archeological sites  Alignment on Canadian side expected to be less affected by Customs location, but archeological and other issues may still exist

4  This bridge provides access to Baudette, Minnesota and Rainy River, Ontario, a connection between the United States and Canada as well as a full-service, 24-hour Port of Entry  Originally built in 1959 by the Cities of Baudette, MN and Rainy River, ON  The bridge has a total length of 1,285 feet and accomodates a 2-lane roadway with a width of 24 feet and an open grate steel deck  Operated locally as a toll bridge until 1988, when ownership was taken over by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario (MTO) History

5  The current project was initiated to address structural issues and the long-term need to continue providing a safe and reliable river crossing at this location  The bridge is classified as fracture critical (non redundant) Project Purpose

6 Wooden Walkway

7 Open Steel Deck

8 Floor Beam Corrosion

9 Low Vertical Clearance

10  Bridge was found ineligible for inclusion on the Ontario Heritage Bridge List  MTO provided a position paper to the MnDOT stating MTO does not consider rehabilitation viable Project Details

11  Bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historical Places in the United States  MnDOT is nearly complete with its rehabilitation study  Next steps will be to work through Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and likely Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act Project Details

12  In the meantime, concurrent work has begun looking at replacement  Initial discussions were focused on developing project separately  This approach potentially solved some of the bureaucratic concerns, but it created others…… Project Details

13  Current approach is to have MnDOT lead (with close coordination with MTO) the environmental documentation, preliminary design, structure type study and early stakeholder coordination of the project  Work is underway to develop a cost-sharing agreement  Consultant will be required to either have offices in both the US and Canada, or at least partnering with approved firms on both sides of the border  Handling of detail design and construction will be decided in the future Project Details

14  Presidential Permit not required ◦ Congressional Authorized Bridge under International Bridge Act of 1972 ◦ Existing owners of congressional authorized bridges may replace, repair or expand their existing bridges without further State Department approval  Early consultant effort ongoing ◦ Compile agency stakeholder list with contact information ◦ Compile list of permits/approvals needed ◦ Anticipated duration for obtaining permits/approvals ◦ Comparison of design standards/requirements between MnDOT and MTO Project Details

15  Potential Agency Stakeholders:  MN SHPO  MN DNR  USACE  FHWA  US Customs  US State Department  US Coast Guard  GSA  Ontario Ministry of the Environment  Department of Fisheries and Oceans  Division of Water Quality  Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources  First Nations  Transport Canada, Navigable Waters  Canadian Border Service Agency Project Details

16  A detailed critical path schedule has been developed  Schedule shows 300 days of float given a late summer 2013 consultant notice to proceed and letting date of November 2017  Project needs to be let no later than April 2018 to take advantage of Minnesota bonding dollars  Current schedule only includes MnDOT processes  Need to allow procurement time for detail design consultant Project Timeline

17 Questions??

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