Soo Locks Close for Winter Season

The Soo Locks have closed, signaling the end of the shipping season. The Soo Locks have closed, signaling the end of the shipping season. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: January 15, 2018 04:34 PM

The Great Lakes navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie closed for the winter season Monday, enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to handle a variety of maintenance projects.
The Soo Locks are located on the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Huron and Superior. More than 4,500 vessels haul up to 80 million tons of cargo, including iron ore, coal, wheat and limestone, through the locks each year.

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It was great year for ore shipments. But some of the deliveries did not get made because of the delays in loading in the Twin Ports, around the New Year's time frame.
During the seasonal shutdown, crews will upgrade or replace seals, valves, gears and other crucial parts of the Poe and MacArthur locks.

District engineer Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue says the Army Corps puts a high priority on keeping the locks operating safely and reliably.

The locks are scheduled to reopen March 26.


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