Sault Ste. Marie’s Poe Lock Reopens After Northwest Gate Repaired

“This was an ongoing one that’s been a concern for us.”

A routine inspection last week led to the closing of the Poe Lock for roughly six hours on Monday.

The Poe Lock is the larger of the two locks in Sault Ste. Marie.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the lock so divers could fix its northwest gate.

The corps notified all shipping companies of the closure so they could plan ahead.

If the Poe Lock had closed for a longer period of time, the corps says there would be a strain on the shipping industry.

“It’s a significant financial impact to industry if we get into one of those scenarios,” said Jeff Harrington of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“So we do try to take care of any urgent repairs and any preventive maintenance.  And, again, we do work very closely with our partners in the shipping industry.”

Smaller freighters and vessels were able to use the MacArthur Lock.

The Poe Lock was reopened Monday at 4:15 p.m.