More than $700,000 in federal grant money will be used to help Fremont make road improvements, all with the aim of supporting and encouraging economic growth.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration recently awarded the city $738,425 for the construction of an alternative truck route from the Fremont Industrial Park to Michigan State Road 82.

The project will construct a half mile of new road, reducing congestion in downtown Fremont and truck traffic on residential streets.

Department officials estimate that the project could create or retain more than 100 jobs and generate $4.4 million in private investment.

“We commend the City of Fremont and local leaders on their strategy to improve roadway infrastructure in support of the business community,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs Dennis Alvord. “The new roadway will help existing businesses with trucking logistics and make the Fremont Industrial Park more desirable and marketable for future development.”

Planning for the project is being led by the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission, which is funded by the EDA to support economic activity. WMSRDC also maintains the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and helped Fremont apply for the grant.