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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.

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