MULTI-MILLION dollar works aimed at improving Mitchell Street have started.
Staff from Hickmans Tree Maintenance felled and mulched trees on the road Sunday morning.
Sections of the road towards Pall Mall were closed with signs pointing out detours.
Three bus stops were also due to be temporarily relocated.
TIMBER: Jamie Ross was one of several people helping remove trees in Mitchell Street. Picture: BLAIR THOMSON
Bendigo mayor Lisa Ruffell said she was glad the works, valued at $3.8 million, had finally commenced.
“I think it will be positive for the street,” she said.
“It’s been a long time coming.
“There’s been lots of consulting with all the traders and they seem to have met a happy medium now.
“We’re just asking for patience from the community to accept the works that are going on.
“I think it’s going to look fantastic.”
The project will see a change in bus arrangements, resurfacing of the road, installation of new drainage and widening of footpaths.
City of Greater Bendigo presentation and assets director Darren Fuzzard said the council would try to minimise disruptions during the works, which will pause for Christmas.
Cr Ruffell said the streetscape would look “beautiful” when the works finished around Easter.
“We’re trying to make it better, more comfortable and more accessible for the community to come down and shop,” she said.
“It’s also about improving the quality of the road surface which has been well overdue for repair.
“We’re really working with the traders.
“It’s about time we just got on with it and finished it.”
Works will pause between December 1 and January 27 and in the lead up to Easter.
Mr Fuzzard said work would generally be undertaken six days a week.
“Multiple crews will be used to ensure that a continuous flow of work occurs and disruptions to individual shops are minimised during normal working hours,” he said.
Traders had expressed mixed support for the work.