Yesterday, thanks to the efforts of Michigan Republican Congressional delegation, the long-awaited construction on the Soo Locks began. The project which will be completed by November of 2021 consists of upstream channel deepening, rehabilitation of the upstream approach walls, and construction of a new poe-sized lock chamber.
The project was spearheaded by Michigan’s GOP Congressional Delegation requesting that President Trump support additional funding for the project in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In a 2018 meeting with the president, Representatives Bergman, Moolenaar and Mitchell all pushed for additional funding. Then, later that night at a rally, President Trump announced his administration would provide the funding.
In his FY21’ budget, the president included $123.2 million for construction of a new Lock, in addition to the Army Corps of Engineers’ updated FY20 Work Plan that includes an additional $50 million for the Soo Locks project.
“More promises made, promises kept from President Trump and his administration to the people of Michigan,” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “Thank you to our GOP Delegation who worked tirelessly with the president to secure this project for Michigan. They promised to protect and preserve one of Michigan’s most vital infrastructures, and they got it done!”