According to the USACE, they are considering using a design / build / finance contracting and delivery method for the New Soo Lock – and possibly operate and maintain as well. The $900 million project will be coordinated with the Michigan Department of Transportation as a non-Federal sponsor and may require granting authority to a non-Federal/private agency to collect fees, operate, and maintain a Federal facility. NTH is involved in some of Michigan’s largest design / build / finance / operate and maintain projects to date, including the $4 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge project and the $1.4 billion I-75 Modernization Project Segment 3.
NTH also has a long history working with the Soo Locks. Most recently, NTH performed a study to deepen the North Channel approach to the New Soo Lock up to eight feet through silt and bedrock to accommodate 1000-foot long Great Lakes freighters. (Click here for more information on this project.)
These mega infrastructure projects are a wonderful sign for our industry and signal a renewed commitment to improving our State’s critical transportation infrastructure.
More information on P3 projects:
Corps Picks Four Projects to Evaluate for P3s
Engineering News Record
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works Public Private Partnerships Pilot Program