Round Rock officials take first step to revive Heritage Trail West project after contractor goes bankrupt

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Round Rock officials took the first step in the bidding process for the Heritage Trail West project following the initial contractor’s bankruptcy at a meeting Aug. 25.

The city council has approved a resolution to revive the project via a competitive sealed proposal. This method will allow the city to select its next contractor for the project based on experience, finances and business history, among other factors.

Parks and Recreation Director Rick Atkins said the re-bid for this project will require the selected contractor to take responsibility for the project, which he says is 20%-25% complete.

Currently, Halff Associates Inc. is engaged in an engineering contract to study the existing project and determine its status, Atkins said during the Aug. 23 briefing.

“If we thought we could really say, ‘Hey, here’s a lot of money, go ahead, just give us a project,’ and walk away from it, we would,” Atkins said. “But I think with the way the prices have evolved, we have to be able to look at the prices that we’re going to have.”

Atkins said the city’s goal is to resubmit the project by the end of the year, with work beginning after Jan. 1.

When completed, Heritage Trail West will feature 10-foot-wide paved trails from Bathing Beach to Chisholm Trail Road at Georgetown Street, detailing Round Rock’s history in timeline form, according to city documents. The project includes improvements to Bathing Beach Park, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park and Memorial Park.

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