Inside The Aging Lock That Is One Breakdown Away From Crippling North America's Economy

"A six-month shutdown of the Poe Lock ... would plunge the nation into recession, closing factories and mines, halting auto and appliance production in the U.S. for most of a year and result in the loss of some 11-million jobs," the report warns.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICH. - The dispatch tower above the Soo Locks on a fine July day offers a spectacular view, but there is little time to admire it. There are five telephones and five radios, and at 9 a.m. a radio squawks. "Go ahead, captain," says Chris Albrough, lockmaster with the U.S. Army Corps of…

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