CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) - -The New Soo Lock project has received a large amount of money to help with the construction.
On Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District announced the project has received $32,388,000 in the fiscal year 2019 work plan.
According to the Corps, the funds will be used to initiate deepening of the upstream approach channel.
Officials said the funds are sufficient to complete design and allow construction of the upstream channel deepening to begin, which is the next big step in construction of the new lock.
"Appropriating funds for the New Soo Lock project in this year's work plan demonstrates the federal government's commitment to providing resiliency in the Great Lakes Navigation System," said Lt. Col. Greg Turner, district engineer. "It is fantastic news for the Great Lakes and our nation."
The next opportunity for funding to complete construction of the upstream channel deepening and continue the design of the upstream approach walls and new lock chamber is the 2020 President's Budget, said the Corps.
The New Soo Lock project, which is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion, could be completed in as few as seven years.
The project would construct a second Poe-sized lock (110-feet x 1,200-feet) on the site of the existing Davis and Sabin Locks.
For more information about the New Soo Lock project, visit their website.