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Hancock closing Ingot Street next week

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is making improvements to trails running through the City of Hancock, installing better drainage for heavy rains. To complete the work, Ingot Street will need to be closed to through traffic between Lynn and Prospect near the Houghton County Fairgrounds.

The Hancock-Calumet trail has handled significant traffic since the 2018 Father’s Day Flood, as damage has closed the route along M-26 towards Lake Linden. The Hancock construction will last from Monday until October 12th.

Following up on a story from yesterday, the city is getting roughly $230,000 in flood relief money in the State of Michigan budget signed Wednesday by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Manager Mary Babcock says it will take some time to access those funds.

The last time we had this kind of appropriation, it took at least three months, it took a while. We have to submit paperwork to substantiate those expenses.

Like Houghton County, Hancock had taken out a State Infrastructure Bank loan to move ahead on projects while awaiting assistance. The funds will allow the city to pay that off early.

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