Lt. Governor Brian Calley spent Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie visiting the Soo Locks.

Calley spoke about the importance of the locks as it relates to the state and nation’s economy and why an upgrade is long overdue.

“There really is no substitute for the president making this a priority, and that gives it new life and new energy,” he, said.

While unveiling the new “Fix the Soo Locks” website, the lieutenant governor spoke about the economy’s reliance on the locks and what an unplanned shutdown could mean.

“It literally is the key to keeping industry across our country working. An unscheduled in-operability of these locks even for a relatively short period of time, could cost the United State’s economy 11 million jobs,” he explained.