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Soo Locks funding in 2021 budget

DETROIT — The President’s Budget for fiscal year 2021 includes more than $5.9 billion in discretionary funding for the Civil Works program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with more than $181 million for Detroit District projects around the Great Lakes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced.

The Civil Works budget funds the operation and maintenance program, which includes the maintenance of federal shipping channels on the Great Lakes, maintenance of federal structures and the operation and maintenance of the Soo locks, in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Incorporated in the budget is funding that will be used across the district’s jurisdiction in Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

“The Detroit District budget reflects the administration’s commitment to investing in the Great Lakes,” said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer, in a news release. “We stand ready to deliver the program and continue the momentum that we are making towards improving the region’s infrastructure. Detroit’s robust mission promotes economic growth, quality of life, environmental health and national security.”

In addition, more than $123 million in construction funds are budgeted for the new lock in Sault Ste. Marie. These funds will be used to continue construction of the upstream approach walls, continue the design of the new lock at the Soo chamber and complete construction of the upstream channel deepening.