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Mich. Town To Repair Old Bridge

April 23, 1998

HELL, Mich. (AP) _ The bridge to Hell is being repaved with good intentions, but locals fear it will be bad for business.

This summer, repair crews will reconstruct a 62-year-old bridge that serves the main road through town. The work will block traffic for three months.

``It’ll close the whole town,″ said Hell Chamber of Commerce President Jim Ley. ``That’s where our money comes from. It’ll kill us.″

Tourists flock to this unincorporated rural village, about 55 miles west of Detroit, for its underworldly allure. Many leave with souvenir items that say ``I’ve been to Hell and back.″

``It’s probably going to put a couple of us out of business,″ said Hell Creek Party Store owner Marvin Nowak.

The Dam Site Inn, just west of the bridge, will lose its link to Hell for the duration, co-owner Carla McCall complained.

``This will be like a dead end,″ she said.

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