New Soo Lock Funding Included in Trump's Budget Proposal

Updated: March 12, 2019 06:06 PM

Over $75 million of President Trump's 2020 budget will be put towards the new Soo Lock project in Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that the funds will be sufficient enough to build the upstream approach walls, continue the design of the New Soo Lock chamber, and complete construction of the upstream channel deepening. 

Many in the industry say the new lock is critical to the shipping industry; only the Poe Lock can handle the larger, 1,000 foot vessels. 

In a press release, Lt. Col. Greg Turner says the funds "would keep the project on track for completion in seven to ten years from the start of construction."

Upstream approach wall construction will stabilize the existing approach walls to allow for modern vessels to tie up and wait for their turn to pass through the new Soo Lock. Completion of the wall design is expected for late 2019, and the construction contract will be awarded in the summer of 2020. 

Total cost for the new Soo Lock project sits at about $1 billion.

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