Holland Engineering Assists with Area’s First Flying J Truck Stop

Pilot Flying J has opened a new Pilot Truck Stop on the south side of Holland.  Construction is completed and the grand opening happened in November of 2015.  This new facility is located at the intersection of M-40 and I-196 and will be the first Pilot Truck Stop in the area.

Holland Engineering worked closely with Pilot staff from initial site planning to survey, engineering and permit process and assisted with construction completion.  HEI has been able to successfully navigate Pilot Flying J through the approval process which was especially challenging due to the presence of overlay districts for both M-40 and I-196.  The overlay of these two districts dictated many items on this project including building placement, window layouts, sign heights and landscaping.

An additional challenge for this project was the design and simultaneous construction of a traffic safety improvement project through this corridor.  This project, which was completed by MDOT utilizing some federal funding, involved the realignment of roads and the installation of new traffic signals to allow tractor-trailers leaving a nearby facility and the new Pilot Travel Center to make left turns onto M-40 at a traffic signal with a dedicated left turn light.  HEI staff has worked closely with the Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Holland Engineering Department keeping strong communication lines open through the project.  Since one of the realigned roads will become the main entrance to the Pilot Travel Center site, HEI has maintained close communication with the Michigan Department of Transportation to fully understand their objectives and anticipate how timelines affected the opening of this project.

For more information on this project or on our site planning services, please contact Ryan Ysseldyke, P.E., Project Manager/Engineer at 616-392-5938 or via email at rysseldyke@HollandEngineering.com .