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Poe Shipping Lock reopens after repair work completed

August 26, 2019

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A shipping lock that enables cargo vessels to move between Lake Huron and Lake Superior has reopened after closing earlier Monday for repairs.

Beverly McCready of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, closed around 8 a.m. EDT and reopened at 4:15 p.m.

She says concrete had eroded on a sill beneath one of the lock’s gates. Crews installed concrete and steel plates as a stopgap measure and will do a complete fix this winter.

The Poe Lock is the only one of the Soo Locks that’s big enough for large vessels that carry iron ore used in steel manufacturing.

Construction of a second large lock is expected to begin next year at a cost of nearly $1 billion.

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