Long awaited safety improvements on a busy town centre street in Bury St Edmunds will start on Monday.
The work in St Andrew’s Street South, between Woolhall and Risbygate Street, follows concerns over pedestrian safety.
The section of road is a pedestrian zone with exceptions for buses, taxis and delivery vehicles.
Improvements include build-outs at the main crossing points to reduce the road width to a single lane while Woolhall Street entrance will be narrowed.
At the junction of St Andrew’s, Risbygate and Brentgovel Street, the road will be raised, pavements widened and mini roundabout removed.
Jointly funded by Suffolk County and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils, the scheme will last about 10 weeks. Initially agreed in 2011, the project was delayed due to works to gas mains
Cllr Robert Everitt, cabinet member for communities for St Edmundsbury, said: “We needed to make sure any impovements to this important street made it an attractive and safe place for all that use it.”
Cllr Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport at Suffolk County, added the work was ‘essential’ after the ‘rising number of concerns about safety’.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of ourburystedmunds, which lobbied for the work to start following the delay, said they will look at potential opportunities to enhance the appearance of the street once the scheme is completed.