University Blvd. project gets OK from Round Rock City Council for $553K in additional fees

Multiple change orders totaling $553,313.07 for the University Boulevard widening project were presented to Round Rock City Council for approval Feb. 10. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Multiple change orders totaling $553,313.07 for the University Boulevard widening project were presented to Round Rock City Council for approval Feb. 10. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

Multiple change orders totaling $553,313.07 for the University Boulevard widening project were presented to Round Rock City Council for approval Feb. 10. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)

A change order totaling $553,313.07 for the University Boulevard widening project was approved by the Round Rock City Council Feb. 10.

Round Rock Transportation Director Gary Hudder said during a Feb. 8 packet briefing that it is normal for additional costs to be incurred as projects progress, regardless of who bids on a project.


“We're closing in on a million dollars of additional fees on this project, very similar to a lot of our southwest downtown projects, where you're in some of this old stuff,” Hudder said. “It's just challenging to kind of know what's out in front of you early on.”

The change order will allow the city to relocate a 20-inch water line, among other adaptations to the project. Hudder also gave an update on expected completion for the project, saying it is “about a year out.”

The University widening project was bid to DeNucci Constructors in late 2020 with a price tag of $12,028,913. That has risen by 7.73% through a series of seven change orders, including the one presented to council Feb. 10, to $12,958,729.52. The additional costs are to be paid through the city’s transportation and economic development corporation and the self-financed water fund.
By Brooke Sjoberg
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.