SHOALHAVEN City Council will begin stage one of upgrade works on the Berry Street footpath this week.
The work, which will take place between Worrigee Street and Emporium Lane on the eastern side of Berry Street, is being undertaken as part of the Special Variation Rate Rise Delivery Program.
The announcement was warmly received by Berry Street business owners such as James Searl from iFix.
“I can’t wait for the work to start,” he said.
“I think it’s good news for the entire street.”
Council’s director of Assets and Works Ben Stewart said the initial works would include the construction of a stormwater drainage system along the eastern edge of Berry Street.
Mr Stewart said the work would be undertaken during the day and was expected to take up to three weeks.
Construction of the footpath will begin when the initial work is completed.
“Council has engaged with local business owners to ensure minimum disruptions during stage one works on the Berry Street footpath,” said Mr Stewart.
“During the construction period, parking between Dick Smith Electronics and Worrigee Street will be restricted to construction vehicles only.
“Full pedestrian access along the eastern side of Berry Street will be maintained until demolition of the existing pavement commences,” Mr Stewart said.
“At this time, pedestrian access to each shop in this area will be maintained during business hours via temporary ramps from Berry Street.
“Local residents are also advised that during some phases of the work parking will be restricted on both sides of Berry Street.”
Mr Stewart said that as work progresses it would be necessary for further temporary changes to traffic and pedestrian movements as well as parking in the area.