Georgetown officials held a dedication ceremony for the FM 971 widening project July 21.

It took two weeks to expand FM 971 to four lanes from Austin Avenue to Gann Street.

The project ultimately realigned traffic flow with Northwest Boulevard and provided a new crossing point over I-35.

In addition to appropriate turn lanes, sidewalks and a pedestrian underpass at Austin Avenue were also constructed, according to the city.

Georgetown Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Pitts said with roadway construction continuing on Williams Drive, motorists needed an alternative route to cross over Austin Avenue. He said this project will help relieve congestion and provide an ease to traffic flow.

“This is a major east-west corridor that we didn't have before, and I think it will be a great benefit to our community,” Pitts said.

The $7 million project was completed by the Texas Department of Transportation and funded by the 2008 city of Georgetown road bond.

RPS was the design engineer on the project, and Chasco Constructors was the contractor.

Pitts said the city is actively pursuing funding to complete the FM 971 widening project from Gann to SH 130.