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14127 1 RESOLUTION NO. 14,127 2 3 A RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF LITTLE ROCK, 4 ARKANSAS, TO SUPPORT A UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF 5 TRANSPORTATION TIGER GRANT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF 6 ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK'S UNIVERSITY AVENUE CORRIDOR 7 REVITALIZATION PROJECT WHICH WILL RECONFIGURE THE 8 ASHER AND UNIVERSITY AVENUE INTERSECTION; AND FOR 9 OTHER PURPOSES. 10 11 WHEREAS, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's (UALR) University Avenue Corridor 12 Revitalization Project has submitted a grant application for a United States Department of Transportation 13 (USDOT) TIGER Grant which will reconfigure the Asher and University Avenue intersection, at a total 14 project cost of approximately Fourteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Dollars($14,500,000); and, 15 WHEREAS,the grant application is a result of a lengthy comprehensive planning process conducted 16 by UALR over the last several years; and, 17 WHEREAS,this resolution will authorize the City of Little Rock to support the USDOT TIGER Grant 18 to convert University Avenue, beginning at Asher/Colonel Glenn Avenues, from a five (5)-lane roadway 19 (two (2) northbound; three (3) southbound with turn-lanes) to a more pedestrian-friendly four (4)-lane 20 roadway with landscaped median, sidewalks, pedestrian tables, bus pullouts, culminating with a two (2)- 21 lane roundabout at 28th Street; and, 22 WHEREAS,the project will provide a much safer walking environment for students and residents of 23 the area,which includes visitors to the Mexican Consulate; and, 24 WHEREAS,a study has been conducted by Jacobs Engineering to ensure that the levels of service for 25 vehicular traffic will not be impaired by the reduction of one(1)-lane of traffic; and, 26 WHEREAS,this grant requires a minimum 20%match that can be a combination of in-kind,right-of- 27 way,utility relocation,and cash contributions;those assisting with the match will include Central Arkansas 28 Water,UALR and the City of Little Rock,Arkansas; 29 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE 30 CITY OF LITTLE ROCK,ARKANSAS: 31 Section 1. The Board of Directors hereby authorizes the Mayor to issue a letter of support of the 32 University of Arkansas at Little Rock's University Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project's Grant 33 application for a United States Department of Transportation TIGER Grant which will reconfigure the 'Page I of 2' 1 Asher and University Avenue intersection,at a total cost of approximately Thirteen Million,Five Hundred 2 Thousand Dollars($13,500,000). 3 Section 2. Repealer. All laws,ordinances,resolutions,or parts of the same,that are inconsistent with 4 the provisions of this resolution,are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistency. 5 Section 3. Severability. In the event any title, section, paragraph, item, sentence, clause, phrase, or 6 word of this resolution is declared or adjudged to be invalid or unconstitutional, such declaration or 7 adjudication shall not affect the remaining portions of the resolution which shall remain in full force and 8 effect as if the portion so declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional were not originally a part of the 9 resolution. 10 ADOPTED: May 19,2015 11 A _ T• APPROVED: 12 II,.. 13 I/. 14 Su ' 7. , _ley, City Clerk Mark Stodola,Mayor 15 AP' ' 1 1 AS TO LEGAL FORM: 16 17a 18 Thomas M. Carpenter, i Attorn 19 // 20 // 21 // 22 // 23 // 24 // 25 // 26 // 27 // 28 // 29 // 30 // 31 // 32 // 33 // 34 // Page 2 of 2