Does infrastructure upgrade include Soo Locks? Only Trump knows

Capital News Service
LANSING — Almost everyone agrees the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula need to be upgraded. Modernizing the locks won’t be cheap, however, and so far Congress hasn’t approved funding for the work. But there are signs that might change under the administration of President Trump, who has pledged to repair the country’s aging infrastructure. Congress already has approved construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie but hasn’t approved spending money on the project.

New Soo Lock could prevent trillion-dollar crisis

Capital News Service
LANSING — The decades-long effort to build a new lock connecting Lakes Superior and Huron at Sault Ste. Marie is getting renewed state attention. Advocates hope it will also be taken up by President-elect Donald Trump because of his infrastructure campaign pledge. But it will be at least another year before the next step, a cost-benefit analysis by the Army Corps of Engineers. “It’s so important,” said Linda Hoath, executive director of the Sault Area Visitor’s Convention and Bureau.