New Soo Lock Funding Allocated, Following Bergman's Urging

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Washington, June 12, 2018 | comments

"Since taking office I've worked with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) leadership and the Trump Administration to highlight the dangers to our economy and national security of an unscheduled outage of the 50 year old Poe Lock. After urging USACE in April to use additional appropriated funds towards Soo Locks modernization, the updated FY18 work plan released this week directs over $57 million to be spent on major rehabilitation and modernization at the Soo Locks complex.  This is great news for Michigan’s First District, and is critical in our mission of building a new Poe-sized Lock," said Bergman.

The text of Rep. Bergman's letter to USACE can be found HERE.

Congressman Bergman continued, "I appreciate this Administration's refreshing focus on our vital waterway infrastructure. This is another major step towards ensuring seamless operation of the Soo Locks. I will continue working to advance the momentum we've begun to build a new Poe-sized lock in Sault Set. Marie."

New fund allocations released in the USACE FY18 work plan include:

  • $42.0 Million for Poe and Davis Pump Well System
  • $4.2 Million for Poe Lock Ship Arrestors 
  • $5.2 Million for Macarthur Lock Tainter Valve
  • $6.2 Million for Poe Lock Bulkheads 

In addition, Congressman Bergman voted last week to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out water infrastructure activities for our nation. Included in this legislation is language to expedite the post authorization change report for the Soo Locks, which is a vital next step for this important project.

H.R. 8 (WRDA) text can be found HERE.

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