New Soo Lock included in President’s fiscal year 2020 budget request

The new Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan has been included in the fiscal year 2020 President’s budget request to Congress in the amount of $75,333,000.

These funds are sufficient to initiate construction of the upstream approach walls, continue design of the new Soo Lock chamber and complete construction of the upstream channel deepening. The funding breakdown is as follows:

  • $62,031,000 to initiate construction of the upstream approach walls
  • $8,355,000 for continuation of the lock chamber design
  • $4,947,000 for completion of the upstream channel deepening construction

“It is a critical time for investing in our nation’s infrastructure,” said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, District Engineer. “Appropriation of the funds included for the new Soo Lock project in the President’s budget request would keep the project on track for completion in seven to 10 years from the start of construction.”

Upstream approach walls construction will stabilize the existing approach walls to allow for modern vessels to tie up and wait their turn to pass through the new lock. It is anticipated that the upstream approach walls design will be complete in late 2019 and the construction contract awarded in summer 2020.

The next opportunity for funding to complete construction of the upstream approach walls is the 2020 Work Plan.

Janenne Pung