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HomeMy WebLinkAboutRES 041222-T - Widening FM 971RESOLUTION NO. A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE REQUEST OF FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS TO CONSTRUCT THE EXPANSION OF FM 971 FROM GANN STREET TO SH-130; REPEALING CONFLICTING RESOLUTIONS; INCLUDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; AND ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the Federal Government has authorized a large-scale infrastructure package (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021) to enhance and modernize the country's infrastructure, including roadways; and WHEREAS, Representative John Carter has requested projects of regional significance be submitted for consideration by his office; and WHEREAS, the City of Georgetown ("City") has developed a comprehensive plan for transportation -related improvements needed throughout the community; and WHEREAS'. Georgetown voters approved a bond election measure in 2021 to support significant transportation improvements; and WHEREAS, one of the projects not taken to the voters in 2021 was the expansion of FM 971 from Gann Street to SH-130; and WHEREAS, the City is nearing completion of the re -alignment of FM 971 from the Northwest Boulevard Bridge to improve mobility in the area of I-35; and WHEREAS, the FM 971 corridor is not only seeing a heavy increase in traffic, but is a critical regional corridor between an interstate highway and a major state highway; and WHEREAS, the expansion of FM 971 from Gann Street to SH-130 will be a transformative project for an area of the City that includes a regional park, residential areas, two schools, major commercial development, and connects I-35 to SH-130; and WHEREAS, the project will expand FM 971 from two lanes to four lanes, while improving drainage, adding sidewalks and bike lanes, and making other needed safety Resolution No. QTI �[/� ~ T Page 1 of 2 Subject: Support fo equest of federal appropriations to construct FM 971 Date Approved improvements to the corridor. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, THAT: SECTION 1. The facts and recitations contained in the preamble of this resolution are hereby found and declared to be true and correct, and they are incorporated by reference herein and expressly made a part hereof, as if copied verbatim. SECTION 2. The City Council of the City of Georgetown does hereby express support for the appropriation of Federal funding to construct FM 971 from Gann Street to SH-130. SECTION 3. If any provision of this ordinance or application thereof to any person or circumstance shall be held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions, or application thereof, of this ordinance, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. SECTION 4. The Mayor is hereby authorized to sign this Resolution and the City Secretary to attest. SECTION 5. This resolution shall be effective immediately upon adoption. PASSED AND APPROVED on the day of April, 2021. ATTEST: THEZ'J Y OF GEORGETOWN R 4By:o� City Secretary �J Mayor APPROVED AS TO FORM: /J� - - Skye 1,ffasson City Attorney Resolution No. Page 2 of 2 Subject: Support for request of federal appropriations to construct FM 971 Date Approvers