Soo Locks open for 2014 shipping season

By KBJR News 1

March 25, 2014 Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM CDT

Sault Ste. Marie, MI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan opened Tuesday, initiating the start of the 2014 Great Lakes shipping season.

The locks were closed on January 15 and underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the winter shutdown.

Crews have battled the winter elements to put the Poe Lock back into operation at the scheduled time.

The MacArthur Lock, located beside the Poe, will continue undergoing maintenance for several weeks.

Extremely heavy ice on the St. Marys River delayed the arrival of the first Cargo Vessel.