Greater Shepparton City Council is asking for patience from motorists when works on the $2.6million upgrade of Welsford St start this month.
The Federal Government-funded project will widen Welsford St from single to dual lanes in each direction, between Knight St and Nixon St, and introduce traffic signals at the intersection of Welsford St and Nixon St.
The works are expected to take 20 weeks and contractors Mawsons Constructions have set a finish date of June 30.
During construction northbound traffic will continue through Welsford St, while southbound traffic will detour via Wyndham St and Nixon St.
‘‘There will be traffic control measures on site and delays are inevitable and we thank everyone in advance for their patience and plan to ensure there is access to businesses on the street,’’ council’s projects department manager Dylan Hesselberg said.
Mr Hesselberg said there had been a relatively positive response from business owners on Welsford St, with their main concerns relating to the removal of 72 parks down the middle of Welsford St and on Nixon St.
‘‘Parking has largely been offset with additional all day parking available nearby on Knight St, Quinan Pde and Nixon St,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s little to no net effect and the earlier expansion of parking behind council was made in anticipation of this project.’’
Mr Hesselberg said the upgrade of Welsford St has been on council’s radar for a while and it was important for road safety and the future growth of the region.
‘‘When completed, the street will ease congestion and provide a nice tree-lined boulevard for pedestrians,’’ he said.
Mr Hesselberg said the upgrade was identified after traffic analysis and had been made possible by the rezoning of the area from residential to commercial.