State gives $2.8M to upgrade roads for LG Energy Solution expansion

What’s happening: A $2.8 million state infrastructure grant will help fund road improvements needed for a planned LG Energy Solution facility that will bring 600 new jobs and $2.2 billion of private investment to Allegan County.

What’s planned: Improvements are needed on 40th Street and Waverly Road to accommodate the proposed development. LG Energy Solution Michigan will contribute $714,610 to the project, 20% of the overall cost.

Why’s it important: The proposed new 1.8 million-square-foot project would be adjacent to the existing phase one and phase two facilities of LG Energy Solution Michigan. The company, which is headquartered in Holland, designs and manufactures large lithium-ion polymer battery cells and packs used in electric vehicles, mobility efforts, information technology, and other energy storage applications. 

An aerial view of the LG Energy Solutions Michigan campus in Holland and Allegan County. (LGES)

Where’s it going: The city of Holland will widen 40th Street from two lanes to three, add right-turn lanes, and make other improvements between Waverly Road and the bridge over the North Branch  Macatawa River. Additionally, 40th Street will be resurfaced from Industrial Drive to Waverly Road, and traffic signal timing improvements will be made at the Waverly Road/40th Street and Waverly Road/48th Street intersections.   
What they are saying: “We believe this collaborative project will benefit drivers in the area, key stakeholders, and employees,” says Roger Traboulay, senior manager of energy engineering at LG Energy Solution. “We appreciate the partnerships with the state of Michigan, city of Holland, and Lakeshore Advantage to improve the surrounding roads and infrastructure.”    
Who’s behind it: The state grant is from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation Economic Development Fund, which helps finance public highway, road and street projects that are critical to getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers.  
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