Great Lakes Navigation Season winds down for the winter

UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) - Boats are making their final runs on Lake Superior as the Great Lakes navigation season winds down for the winter.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared the above photo of the Presque Isle Monday, going through the Poe Lock with a fresh batch of ice on her bow.

The Soo Locks close Wednesday night and are set to re-open March 25.

Over the next 10 weeks, workers will be conducting preventative maintenance, replacing worn components and inspecting the locks.

"We do our inspections, we do our repair work, but it's also important for the Soo Locks, the Locks themselves have a lot of maintenance that they'll be doing, over the past several years they've probably spent over 100 million dollars on maintenance and repairs for the Soo Locks," said President of the Lake Carriers' Association, Jim Weakley.

Funding is currently being approved for a project to build a new Soo Lock. The cost for that is estimated at more than $900 million and could be completed as early as 2027.

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