PRELIMINARY works on the $30.4 million Napier Street upgrade are underway.
VicRoads regional director Mal Kersting said the early works would enable Powercor to start laying underground power lines over the next couple of weeks.
“Works will result in traffic disruptions, and while efforts will be made to keep these to a minimum, vehicles will be able to travel through the work site under traffic management guidance,” Mr Kersting said.
“We'll continue to keep residents and businesses informed of the works schedule and planned interruptions.”
The stretch of road between Hall and Bosquet streets will be the first to garner attention, according to last month’s project update.
The project will extend to Weeroona Avenue and will result in an extra traffic lane in each direction, a raised central median, underground power, an improved dedicated bicycle lane and a boulevard of trees.
The first stage of tree removal occurred last week.
VicRoads has cited growth in the city’s north and associated “serious traffic pressures” as reasons for the upgrade.
It expects the project will “greatly improve” the flow of traffic and people through the area, and improve safety for all road users.