UPDATE: Army Corps Work Plan Includes $32 Million To Build NEW Lock

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Washington, November 26, 2018 | comments
Last week Rep. Jack Bergman announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY19 work plan would include funding to begin construction on a new Poe-sized Lock in Sault Ste. Marie. This $32 Million allocation for FY19 will be used to complete design work and begin construction in Sault Ste. Marie after over 30 years of delay. 

The Army Corps has posted the work plan online and the Locks project can be found on page five. Additionally, the Army Corps issued a press release today highlighting the new funding for the Lock, which can be found HERE.

Rep. Bergman applauded the Trump Administration, his colleagues in the House and Senate, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers for working together to make a new Lock a reality. The full release from Wednesday can be found below.
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Washington -Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted to Congress its updated FY19 work plan, which includes funding for construction of a new Poe-sized lock at the Soo Locks complex. Congressman Jack Bergman released the following statement in response: 

"This is great news for Michigan’s First District, the Great Lakes region, and the entire U.S. economy, which relies on the Soo Locks. I'm proud of the progress we’ve made to finally break ground on a project that’s been delayed for decades. I also applaud the Trump Administration for acknowledging the importance of a new Lock, and for working with the House, Senate, and Great Lakes industries to make construction of a new Lock in Sault Ste. Marie a reality. This new construction funding, coupled with the $57 million allocated in FY18 for modernization of the Poe, is a great next step. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue getting the job done for northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula."

Earlier this year, Congressman Jack Bergman joined Rep. John Moolenaar, and Rep. Paul Mitchell, leading a letter requesting new money be allocated towards the construction of a new lock. The text of that letter can be found here.
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