As work progresses on downtown Round Rock street improvements, drainage complications have come to the fore, according to Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder.

“We’ve always been a little bit fearful that when we started working in the downtown area—consistent with challenges we’ve found in some of the work we’ve done in the area over the last decade or so—that we might run into some issues," Hudder said. "That’s what occurred here.”

One downtown business located on Main Street has experienced flooding in its basement as a result of recent heavy rain, Hudder said.

In response to the drainage issues, on March 26, Round Rock City Council approved a $63,027 change order to complete additional drainage work. This amendment expands 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, the installation of additional lighting features and creating new parking spaces. Road resurfacing is planned for the portion of East Main Street from Mays Street to Sheppard Street. In addition, crews will repave one block north and one block south of Main Street on Lampasas and Sheppard streets.