President Trump on January 30 re-affirmed his support for completion of a second Poe-sized lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. - a vital infrastructure project for Great Lakes shipping and the American economy.
The Army Corps of Engineers began work on the project in 2019, initiating the deepening of the upstream approach channel for the new large lock.
The Soo Locks are situated on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and allow vessels to transit the 21-foot elevation change at the St. Marys Falls Canal. This New Soo Lock project will construct a second Poe-sized lock (110' by 1,200') on the site of the existing Davis and Sabin Locks. The Soo Locks are nationally critical infrastructure and the reliability of this critical node in the Great Lakes Navigation System is essential to U.S. manufacturing and national security.
During a speech in Michigan, the President said completing the project is a promise he plans to keep.
"It's a big deal," President Trump said. "And now, as your congressmen can tell you - and they worked so hard on it - all of the funding has been fully - fully approved. Fully. Done. I signed. This had to be done."
The President was addressing a gathering of American workers regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
This second large lock was proposed meaningfully for the first time in the Water Resources Development Act of 1986, but it stalled over whether the eight states bordering the Great Lakes should share the cost with the federal government.
The President said the project will cost about $922 million, but once completed, will help support close to 18 million jobs in the Great Lakes region. With prompt and full funding, the project could be completed in as few as seven years.
"So, Soo Locks - we're going to be starting that in a matter of a couple of months. And we're going to have it all set," President Trump said. "We got our maximum funding, and we have the maximum design. And it's going to be good for another hundred years, they say. So we're going to get it done."