Ports Propose Stimulus Projects

In an April 9th letter to the Great Lakes Congressional delegation, the American Great Lakes Ports Association proposed a list of infrastructure investment priorities to stimulate economic growth. Congress is expected to consider legislation later this year to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The AGLPA proposed funding for six key initiatives

1. complete the new Soo Lock:  $789.07 million

2. rehabilitate the existing Soo Locks:  $190 million

3. construct a new heavy ice breaker:  $162 million

4. eliminate the regional dredging backlog:  $150 million

5. repair breakwaters and jetties:  $320 million

6. modernize nation-wide port and dock infrastructure:  $1 billion

These initiatives will not only create jobs in the short term, but also represent a prudent investment in the economy of the Great Lakes region. AGLPA stressed that each of the projects and programs has already been authorized by Congress and partially funded. To view a copy of the letter, click here.