Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge

The Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge is a privately owned international toll bridge connecting the towns of Fort Frances, Ontario, and International Falls, Minnesota, across the Rainy River.

Fort Frances–International Falls International Bridge
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Satellite view of the bridge, on the right. A power dam is on the left.
Coordinates48°36′26″N 93°24′07″W / 48.6072°N 93.4019°W / 48.6072; -93.4019
Carries US 53 / US 71
CrossesRainy River
LocaleFort Frances, Ontario
OwnerBoise Inc. and Abitibi Consolidated
Characteristics
DesignParker Truss bridge and Half-through plate girder bridge (southbound)
Concrete Girder bridge (northbound)
Total length941 feet (287 m)
Width12.5 feet (3.8 m)
History
Opened1912 (1980 northbound couplet)
Statistics
TollCars/Pickups $7, Motorcycles $2, Campers $8, Semi-Trucks/Busses $16, Trailers $4, Oversized Loads $350
Location

The road and rail bridge was built in 1912 by the local paper company, and is still jointly owned by Boise Inc. and Resolute Forest Products, formerly Abitibi-Consolidated, which operated paper mills on the US and Canadian sides of the river, respectively, until the Fort Frances mill closed in 2014.[1] A couplet for northbound vehicles was built in 1980.

The bridge toll is charged in US dollars on northbound traffic; only cash is accepted. The toll rates are $7 for cars and pickup trucks, $2 for motorcycles, $8 for campers, $16 for semi trucks and buses, $350 for trucks with oversized loads, and $4 for trailers. Discounted multi-trip swipe cards are available at the area grocery stores.[2][3] There is no toll collected on southbound trips or for pedestrian traffic.

The bridge carries both road traffic and rail traffic of the Minnesota, Dakota and Western Railway without grade separation. The rails run along the west side of the bridge, which also carries a pipeline between the paper mills. The east side of the bridge carries two lanes of automobile traffic, one in each direction. Trucks and buses are directed to drive on the rail portion of the bridge, which is capable of handling heavier loads.

A dam constructed in 1905 lies immediately west of the bridge. The reservoir to the east of the dam conceals the rapids for which International Falls was named.[4]

The bridge is the northern terminus of US Highway 71 (US 71) and US 53. It connects with Highway 11 and Highway 71, part of the Trans-Canada Highway, on the Ontario side.

International crossingEdit

Customs checkpoints are located on both ends of the bridge for road traffic:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ CBC Thunder Bay: "Demolition of former pulp and paper mill underway in Fort Frances, Ont. ", November 25, 2020.
  2. ^ "Toll prices to jump slightly--for now". Times Online. June 28, 2000. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "International Falls / Fort Frances". Ezbordercrossing.com. June 20, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Rainy Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Things to Do". Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2009.

Coordinates: 48°36′26″N 93°24′7″W / 48.60722°N 93.40194°W / 48.60722; -93.40194