Soo locks

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Soo Locks are closed to navigation until March 25. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will use this time to perform critical maintenance on the lock structures. The Poe Lock will be dewatered while repairs are made. It will also undergo a formal periodic inspection. The MacArthur lock has repairs partially completed to the gate operating machinery. Additional work taking place includes inspection of gate anchorages, electronics updates and operating shelter maintenance.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that includes $75.3 million in funding for the Soo Locks.

The money is included in a year-end government appropriations bill. It would be used to begin the design and construction of a new, Poe-sized lock. Currently the Poe is the only lock large enough to accommodate larger vessels on the Great Lakes.

Additional funding will need to be appropriated annually. Officials say the entire project could cost close to a billion dollars.


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A shipping lock that enables cargo vessels to move between Lake Huron and Lake Superior has closed temporarily for repairs.
Beverly McCready of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, was closed around 8 a.m. EDT Monday and is expected to reopen at 6:30 p.m.
She says concrete has eroded on a sill beneath one of the lock's gates. Crews are installing concrete and steel plates as a stopgap measure and will do a complete fix this winter.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer began a three-day tour of the Upper Peninsula Tuesday with a stop in Sault Ste. Marie.

Whitmer has been looking at infrastructure around the state, highlighting the need for funding to fix crumbling roads and bridges.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Five Democratic governors of states in the Great Lakes region want candidates in next year's presidential election to support a plan for protecting their freshwater resources.
     Led by Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, the governors Monday proposed a six-point platform that seeks increases in federal spending on water treatment infrastructure and environmental cleanups.

Poe lock turns 50

Jun 27, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE (MPRN)--   Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating the Poe lock’s birthday. Officials say Michigan's largest lock turns 50 this year.

The lock was originally built in 1896, but the one visitors see today was built in 1969. Officials say the lock was rebuilt to be larger and deeper to move modern freighters through the Great Lakes.

Currently, the Poe transports 89 percent of boats that pass through the Soo locks. Officials say the lock also transports nearly all the iron ore used in the country.

A discussion with Congressman Jack Bergman on a series of Federal efforts underway in Michigan's First Congressional District. The construction of a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie an increased rural internet connectivity and the clean-up efforts of PFA’s will be some of the topics.  Joining the panel are media guest Sophie Erber from WLUC-TV 6 and Lisa Bowers from the Marquette Mining Journal.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   President Trump’s 2020 budget request includes $75.3 million to construct a new Soo Lock.

The funding would be used to initiate construction of the upstream approach walls, continue the design of the lock chamber and complete construction of the upstream channel deepening.

Only one lock—the Poe—is large enough to handle the biggest freighters on the Great Lakes. Officials say the Soo Locks are critical to U.S. manufacturing and national security, and a breakdown of the Poe lock would compromise both.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The following was released by the offices of Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters:

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A roughly $21 million federal grant will go toward repairing a dock near the Soo Locks.

The Carbide Dock Port in Sault Ste. Marie is a staging area for vessels requiring assistance. The money would pay for rehabilitating the dock and reconstructing truck routes to it.

The grant was announced this week by Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.