Soo locks

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has asked Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley to lead the state’s efforts to have the federal government upgrade the Soo Locks.

While on a visit to Macomb County over the weekend, President Trump said he would be contacting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said, “The Soo Locks are going to hell… and we’re going to get them fixed up.”

Congress approved a project to replace the Davis and Sabin locks in 1986, but never appropriated the funding.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Soo Locks are now open for business.

They opened Sunday, marking the beginning of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season.

The locks in Sault Ste. Marie were officially closed on January 15. Crews performed repairs and maintenance during the ten-week-long winter shutdown. Work on the Poe lock operating system are completed. MacArthur lock work will continue through April.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the locks are a critical connection in the Great Lakes navigation system, and the Corps is dedicated to their reliability.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The Great Lakes navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie will close for the winter season Monday, enabling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to handle a variety of maintenance 


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.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Critical repairs will be made to one of the Soo locks this winter. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a downstate company a contract for more than $2.8 million to fix a part of the MacArthur Lock. The project involves removing existing gate anchorages, then fabricating and installing new ones.

The work will be done during the locks’ annual winter maintenance shutdown from January to mid-March of 2018. It’s expected to be complete by June.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers from Michigan has introduced legislation authorizing funding to upgrade the locks in Sault Ste. Marie. 

The Soo Locks Modernization Act would use the money to construct another Poe-sized lock—which is the only one large enough to handle 70 percent of the cargo that passes through. Officials say there have been no comprehensive improvements to the facility in nearly 50 years.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   President Donald Trump's spending plan for 2018 includes $77.6 million for operation and maintenance of Great Lakes shipping channels and related infrastructure, including the lock system at Sault Ste. Marie.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit District oversees operations in Michigan and parts of Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congressman Fred Upton plan to visit the Soo Locks at the beginning of next month. 

On behalf of Michigan’s Congressional Delegation the lawmakers will join Governor Rick Snyder on the June 2 tour. They say the locks are part of Michigan’s most critical infrastructure and impact not only the shipping industry and economy, but national security.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie is warning residents about unstable ice on waterways.

With forecast rain, wind, and above-freezing temperatures this weekend, officials are urging people to use extreme caution when on the ice across Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, and the northern parts of Lakes Michigan and Huron. 

The Coast Guard is also increasing ice-breaking operations on the St. Mary’s River in preparation for the opening of the Soo Locks March 25, which will further destabilize the ice.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Members of Congress from Michigan are prodding federal officials to finish an analysis of building a new navigational lock on the waterway linking Lake Superior with the other four Great Lakes.

Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the Soo Locks. Shipping advocates want a second lock that could handle 1,000-foot freighters hauling iron ore and other commodities on the lakes.

Only the Poe Lock can accommodate those supersized ships now.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative John Kivela has introduced a House resolution supporting upgrades to the Soo Locks.