After facing delays earlier this year, a downtown beautification project is one step closer to breaking ground, following Round Rock City Council action Nov. 26.

Council awarded a $2.39 million construction contract to G. Hyatt Construction Inc. to build six parklets—green spaces with trees, landscaping, lighting, tables and chairs—along East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street. The project also includes repaving of three downtown streets and additional lighting and parking spaces.

“We are continuing to make downtown attractive, walkable, safe,” Round Rock Director of Transportation Gary Hudder said.

After receiving only one bid on the project earlier this year, city staff repackaged the request, Hudder said. At that time, he said the city had hoped to build the parklets and create additional street parking for around $1 million.

Since, the scope of the contract has been expanded to include repaving work on two blocks of Main, Lampasas and Sheppard streets, Hudder said. Three companies bid on the revised contract, he said.

G. Hyatt Construction has proposed a 120-day timeline to complete the parklets, repaving work and street parking additions, Hudder said. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020.