Businesses feel pinch of Quincy project

HANCOCK – The reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock is into the 200 and 300 blocks with no serious problems, but some businesses on the street are hurting because people are staying away from the area.

Al Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, said the underground work for the 200 and 300 blocks is finished.

“All the underground utilities are in,” he said.

The curbs, gutters and sidewalks for the 200 block have been poured, Anderson said, and curbs, gutters and sidewalks will be poured on the 300 block early next week.

Anderson said the 200 block is ready to be paved and gravel will be put down this week for the 300 block.

Later this week, Anderson said the sidewalks will be removed on the 400 block, but the surface will remain in place.

“The road will remain open until they finish paving the 300 block,” he said.

There have been no serious problems with the reconstruction to this point, Anderson said.

All businesses on Quincy Street are open, but Debra Mann, liaison between the city of Hancock, the construction contractor, businesses and the public, said businesses can be accessed from either the newly-poured sidewalks or temporary sidewalks on Quincy Street.

Despite the fact that there is still access to the businesses, Mann said some of the owners are feeling the effects of the construction.

“People are suffering,” she said.

There is parking in the city behind many of the businesses or the side streets, Mann said. It may be necessary to walk one or two blocks to get to the businesses from the parking areas.

The United States Post Office is open, and Mann said it can be accessed through the parking lot of Superior National Bank located next to it to the west.

There will be access to Hancock city hall for the Aug. 2 election, Mann said.

The tori, which is open Wednesdays and Saturdays on Quincy Green next to the Finnish American Heritage Center, is not being attended as it usually is, despite the fact there is access to it, Mann said.

“I don’t know why (it’s not being attended),” she said. “There’s no problem getting to it.”

Mann said any owners of buildings which have received damage as a result of the construction work can be compensated by filling out an MDOT claim form. Contact Mann at 920-285-4402 for more information.