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Gov. Snyder: State will pony up $50 million for Soo Locks, wants feds to pick up rest of $900 M tab

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The state of Michigan could pay $50 million to help upgrade the Soo Locks – that’s if the federal government takes the lead.

Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and some state lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump today pledging money to add another 1,000-foot lock between lakes Superior and Huron.

This would help get raw materials between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes more easily.

President Trump made upgrading the locks a point of emphasis in speeches earlier this month.  

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the total cost of an additional lock at around $900 million. Congress approved the plan to upgrade the locks back in 1986, but it was never fully funded.

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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