Congress is pressuring the Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize the replication of the Poe Lock in Saulte Ste. Marie.
The 48-year-old Poe Lock is the only one big enough to move the largest of the Great Lakes freighters passing between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. The Poe Lock handles approximately 70 percent of goods transiting the Soo Locks. Delegates want another large lock built before maintenance issues interrupt commerce.The letter estimates that a 30 day unscheduled closure of the Soo Locks could cost $160 million. Read the full story on MLive. http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/03/congress_to_army_corps_priorit.html