Transportation & Infrastructure

Michigan’s infrastructure – from the airports and waterways to rails and roads – fuels our economic development and is vital to our growth. Deteriorating infrastructure hinders our ability to compete in an increasingly global marketplace. We can no longer put off sound investment in this critical network, which requires leadership and investment from all levels of government.

It is well known that Michigan put the world on wheels; however, Michigan is also home to the linchpin of the North American industrial economy, the Soo Locks. An extended, unscheduled closure of this single lock would have devastating effects felt across the country. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must work with Congress and local stakeholders to build a replacement lock. I am committed to working with the Corps and my colleagues in Congress to bring this vital project to fruition.

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January 15, 2019 Press Release
“It is a false choice to say funding for the Soo Locks is at risk. We can build the Soo Locks and protect our border. In fact, we passed a law last year that I voted for that protects the Soo Locks funding from being redirected. I am working for Michigan's priorities in Congress and I will continue to support the Soo Locks in the years ahead.
November 20, 2018 Press Release
"My colleagues and I called for the Army Corps to include this crucial funding for new Soo Locks construction in the 2019 work plan. Today's announcement is real progress and it means design work will begin on a new, second Lock. We only have one lock right now and it's 50 years old, so starting this process sooner is vital to ensuring we have a second lock to support the millions of American jobs that depend on the iron ore that goes through the Soo each year.
October 30, 2018 In The News

And, we have our former state senator, John Moolenaar (now a U.S. congressman), and current Congressman Jack Bergman — both Republicans –to thank for that. The two accompanied Trump to a political rally at Selfridge Air Force Base in April, where the President, after being lobbied by the two, addressed his support for building a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie.

October 23, 2018 Press Release
"To keep the momentum going, I have asked the Army Corps to include the design and groundbreaking of a new lock in its work plan for next year, which will be a sign of good faith from the Army Corps that it is planning to move forward on this crucial infrastructure for our country. It will also allow the process to begin one shipping season sooner and potentially save taxpayers up to $30 million. Today is an important step forward for the Soo Locks and it brings a new lock closer to reality.”
October 23, 2018 In The News

“I’m very optimistic because the president fully embraced it, the Army Corps of Engineers has demonstrated it for security and economics. Things are aligned in such a way that we will move forward on it. But in Washington you’re never done until you’re done,” Moolenaar, said.

October 14, 2018 In The News

“After more than a decade of inaction in Washington, the Soo Locks are receiving the attention they deserve and progress is being made,” said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland in a release.

October 10, 2018 Press Release
"Today's vote shows there is strong bipartisan support for the Soo Locks. After more than a decade of inaction in Washington, the Soo Locks are receiving the attention they deserve and progress is being made. I will continue to work on this vital priority for Michigan as it takes the next steps."
September 28, 2018 Press Release
"Direct flights to Lansing support jobs and the economy here in mid Michigan, with millions of dollars in economic activity. There was terrific support in the community for extending this service and this new extension from the FAA will give residents more flexibility if they want to visit our nation's capital."
September 19, 2018 In The News

“With the president coming out showing his support, Homeland Security showing support, and now, the Army Corps of Engineers, I think we’ve had a lot of progress on that front,” he said. “It’s good for Michigan. The taconite, which goes into our iron ore and steel for autos, appliances and other manufacturers comes through there, so it’s vital for the whole industrial, manufacturing supply chain in North America.”

September 13, 2018 Press Release
"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans, and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo. After 50 years of harsh winters and extraordinary maintenance, we need to build a second lock to be ready in case the one lock we have fails. We cannot afford a disruption of the Great Lakes shipping that is crucial to American manufacturing jobs and the products enjoyed by millions of Americans. I will be working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to fund this vital construction for Michigan and the country."