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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June 11, 2019 Press Release
“Lake State Railway has established itself as a national leader in the railroad industry. As our country’s strong economy grows, this grant will help Lake State provide more services to the residents of mid and northern Michigan. I will continue to support infrastructure funding like this, which will help Michigan businesses connect with customers across the country and around the world,” said Congressman Moolenaar.
June 5, 2019 Editorial

by Congressman John Moolenaar

This past month has been tremendous for the Great Lakes. There were developments on three different fronts: funding for constructing a new lock at the Soo Locks, funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and a new plan to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan through the waterways near Chicago.

On May 21st, I voted for legislation in the House Appropriations Committee that fulfilled President Donald Trump’s request for $75.3 million dollars to start building a new lock at the Soo Locks.

May 22, 2019 In The News
"This is the first time in decades that construction of a new lock has been funded in legislation. This funding is the next step in building the lock, which helps shipping on the Great Lakes and creates jobs. I know the Army Corps is already looking for people to work on this project and I will continue to fight for this funding as it moves forward in Congress.”
May 21, 2019 In The News
“This is the first time in decades that construction of a new lock has been funded in legislation," said Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who sits on the committee and voted in favor of the bill. "This funding is the next step in building the lock, which helps shipping on the Great Lakes and creates jobs.”
May 16, 2019 Press Release
“Construction of a new lock at the Soo Locks is funded in legislation for the first time in decades. This will create jobs and help shipping on the Great Lakes. I worked hard on the Appropriations Committee to make sure Soo Locks funding was included in the legislation and will continue to advocate for it as it moves forward."
March 12, 2019 Press Release
“This is incredible news for Michigan. The Soo Locks are vital to shipping on the Great Lakes and the American economy. Since Congressman Bergman, Congressman Mitchell and myself talked to President Trump about the Soo Locks last April, there has been more progress on building a new Lock than there has been in decades. This new funding will create jobs and benefit our entire state.”
February 26, 2019 Press Release
“Michigan residents are the best workers in the world and today’s announcement continues our state's leadership as the best place to design and manufacture automobiles. This massive investment will create thousands of jobs and benefit Michiganders across the state.”
February 15, 2019 Press Release
“The Soo Locks are a vital infrastructure priority for our state and in the past year we have made more progress than others have in the past decade and a half. The funding included in the Army Corps work plan last year is protected and cannot be diverted to a new project. Through my work on the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for additional funding in the years ahead because a new lock at the Soo will benefit Michigan’s economy and support jobs.”
February 5, 2019 Press Release
"The state of the union is strong. Unemployment is under four percent, millions of jobs have been created, and tax rates are lower. It’s time for both parties to come to the table and work together with the president to build on the success of the past two years. If both parties work together, we can secure our borders to stop illegal drugs and prevent human trafficking, while welcoming people who want to enter the country legally to pursue the American Dream.
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.

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