CALUMET — Houghton County is one of eight rural counties in Michigan to receive a grant to upgrade roads in urban areas to all-season status.

MDOT says the money is intended to renovate the roads to support economic growth and keep Michigan open for business year-round.

The funds will be used in Calumet Township to reconstruct about a third of a mile of Red Jacket Road. It’s part of a main route from US-41 to Calumet and provides access to businesses in downtown Calumet.

The road also serves as a connection between US-41 and M-203.

The project will cost $750,000. State funding will cover half that amount, with the other half coming from the Houghton County Road Commission.