Soo Locks Construction Moves Forward with Contract Awarded for First Phase

January 31, 2020
Press Release

Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it has awarded the first construction contract for a new lock at the Soo Locks to Trade West Construction of Nevada.

The contract covers the first of three phases that will be part of building the new lock. The first phase of construction will begin this spring and take approximately two years to complete. The new lock will be built alongside the existing Poe Lock, which is 50-years old and is the only lock between Lake Superior and Lake Huron with the capacity to handle the Great Lakes freighters that carry the iron ore used in American manufacturing.

Additional details on construction can be found in today's press release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Congressman John Moolenaar is a long-time supporter of building a new lock at the Soo Locks, and as Michigan’s senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, he successfully advocated for Congress to fund new construction at the Soo Locks for the first time in decades.

“This spring, construction will begin on a new lock at the Soo Locks. This is a major infrastructure project for our nation and it is critical to ensuring Great Lakes shipping continues to support manufacturing and millions of jobs in Michigan and across the country," said Moolenaar. "Thanks to the leadership of President Trump and the support of my colleagues we are finally building a new lock at the Soo. I will continue to work in Congress to make sure there is accountability in meeting the goals of this project and to pass annual funding to finish construction."

Michigan Radio: Trump: "The Soo Locks are going to hell. We’re going to get them fixed up.”


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers graphic depicting the first phase of construction at the Soo Locks.

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers