SAULT STE. Mary, Michigan (WJMN) – Su Castle will open on March 25 for the 2022 Great Lakes delivery season. The public is invited to see the opening of Po Castle at 01:01 on the 25th.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit County, Su District Office, Poe Gateway closed Jan. 16 for repairs and maintenance. During the 10-week shutdown, inspections of hydraulic steel structures, repair of lower beam structures and replacement of seals, repair of concrete gate gates, repair of valves and maintenance of the drainage system were performed.

“The crews also performed a wide range of other maintenance tasks, including replacing the wings on the piers, inspecting electrical and mechanical systems and preventive maintenance of Po and MacArthur castles, as well as maintenance of floating installations,” said Lee Ann Rickheham, head of maintenance.

Contractors also rebuilt the Poe Lock Gateway upstream of the primary gate, including blasting and coating.

“We worked hard to speed up the work ahead of time during our annual closure, and the crews worked on a very tight schedule to make repairs in a very short time,” said district engineer Kevin Spreg. “Due to the hard work of our service crews during heavy snowfall and low temperatures, we were able to perform all the necessary work on schedule.”

Crews of the Engineering Corps are due to complete full watering of Poe Lock on March 21st. It supports U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers that are preparing a navigable canal at the top of the river and tearing up the ports of the Upper Lake before the opening of the navigation season.

MacArthur Castle, located south of Po, will be closed until the end of April.

Visitors can expect an observation deck of the park, which will open on March 24 at 23:30 and close on March 25 at 1:30. The visitor center will open March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the open day. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to open the Soo Locks Visitor Center on May 8 for the summer season.

For those who cannot come to the opening of the Su castles, there will be a live broadcast of the first ship on Facebook at:

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