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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September 13, 2018 In The News

"Today's legislation makes it crystal clear: President Trump, Republicans and Democrats support a new lock in the Soo," said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, who has been pushing for authorization of the project and is likely to be a key member to secure funding as the state's only member of the Appropriations Committee. "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."

September 11, 2018 Press Release
"This authorization is a huge step forward for building a new Soo Lock and many of us have been working together in Congress to make this happen. Through my meetings with Army Corps officials, I know they are ready to start on this important infrastructure project. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be working to advance this vital priority for our state and fighting to ensure it receives the funding it needs to move forward."
June 29, 2018 Press Release
"Today's report from the Army Corps shows how vital the Soo Locks are to our country's economy and national security. Everyone in Michigan, along with President Trump, knows we need a new, second lock to support the current lock so freighters will always be able to transit the Great Lakes and I will be working in Congress to secure funding for this project. After years of studies and reports, today's report is a greenlight for the Army Corps. It's time to get this done and improve our country's aging infrastructure."
June 29, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, said Trump and everyone in Michigan already knows how important the Soo Locks are, and said he considers the Army Corps report to be a "greenlight" for the project as he works to secure funding.

June 13, 2018 In The News

"MBS International Airport is vital to the Great Lakes Bay Region," said U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland. "This important funding will help the airport maintain its facilities and provide service for everyone in our region."

June 5, 2018 Press Release
"MBS International Airport is vital to the Great Lakes Bay Region. This important funding will help the airport maintain its facilities and provide service for everyone in our region."
May 23, 2018 Press Release
"Today's legislation bolsters the Highway Trust Fund with more money for federal roads and I will continue to advocate for additional funding to fix our country's most important infrastructure needs."
May 23, 2018 Press Release
"Congratulations to Farwell on receiving this funding to maintain and improve its water infrastructure. Rural development grants like this one meet crucial needs and benefit our communities in mid and northern Michigan."
May 4, 2018 In The News

"Having good airports and updated airports is important for international tourism," Moolenaar said. "It puts a five-year extension on this policy and it also allows for additional dollars for airport to apply for grants to modernize and upgrade airports."

March 22, 2018 Press Release
"Today’s bipartisan legislation delivers for Michigan with funding to protect the Great Lakes, increased funding for national security, support for those on the frontlines against the opioid crisis, and opportunities for Michigan communities to apply for rural broadband funding. It also has funding to care for our veterans and to find cures in the fight against cancer and Alzehmier's. Finally, this legislation increases funding for roads and bridges and does more to secure our country's borders."