Council approves contract for East Main Street improvements
Improvements are coming to East Main Street in early 2020.
Round Rock City Council voted at a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26 to approve a $2.39 million contract with G. Hyatt Construction, Inc. for the improvement project. The Council previously rejected the one bid that was received in June 2019 due to the bid cost. Transportation staff has since expanded the scope of the project to include new asphalt for East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street as well as one block north and one block south of Main Street on Lampasas and Sheppard Streets. The City received three bids for the expanded project and G. Hyatt was chosen through the competitive sealed process.
The improvements, which were designed by Studio 16:19, include six “parklets” along East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street in Downtown Round Rock. The parklets will include new trees, benches, additional landscaping, lighting elements and expanded walkable space for pedestrians. The contract also includes design for additional lighting and sidewalks to allow pedestrians safer access to Main Street from adjacent underutilized parking lots.
The project is a result of the Downtown Improvement Plan that was approved by City Council in 2016. The plan aims to create a walkable, attractive district, improve access to and through Downtown and to upgrade any outdated infrastructure. City staff met with Main Street business and property owners in early 2018 and received support to proceed with the proposed improvements.
Construction is anticipated to begin in January 2020 and be completed by late June.
Initial renderings and a map of the improvement locations are included below.
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