– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo
Locks in Sault
Ste. Marie, Mich., opened Friday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2016 Great
Lakes shipping season.
bound Motor Vessel Roger Blough, an 858-foot
freighter, was the first ship to enter the Poe Lock at 12:01 a.m.,” said Mark
Aldrich, lockmaster. “It was followed by the down bound Motor Vessel Edwin H. Gott.”
Soo Locks are a vital component to the Great Lakes Navigation System,” said Lt.
Col. Michael L. Sellers, district engineer. “I am proud of the entire District
team in Sault Ste. Marie for successfully conducting another aggressive winter
work program in order to ensure reliability of this critical link.”
locks were closed on Jan. 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance
during the winter shutdown. Crews had somewhat of a reprieve to the harsh
conditions experienced over the past two winters and have performed extensive
maintenance on several different items related to the Poe Lock’s Miter Gates.
The work involved completion of the installation of a new hydraulic operating
system and continued interim repairs to the embedded gate anchorages. Other major efforts included sandblasting,
structural repairs and painting of MacArthur Lock dewatering bulkheads. The MacArthur Lock, located beside the Poe,
will continue undergoing maintenance for several weeks.
District operates and maintains the Soo Locks along with 91 harbors and connecting
channels on lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and the portion of Lake
Erie that borders the State of Michigan.
details, contact Jeff Hawk, Detroit District acting public affairs chief,
313-226-4680. Detroit District photos are available on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1RWg4wj
Release no. 032516-01