Bellbowrie Street businesses have welcomed the night work component during a road project on their doorstep.
Road rehabilitation work is due to begin in Port Macquarie's Bellbowrie Street on Wednesday, May 15.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council says weeknight work in Bellbowrie Street aims to minimise inconvenience to businesses and finish the job faster.
Roadwork in Bay Street, from the Bellbowrie Street intersection towards Settlement City, will come next.
That section will also be completed at night.
The next step is day works on Bay Street through to the Newport Island Road intersection.
The works are expected to be complete by the end of May.
The road rehabilitation work in Bay and Bellbowrie streets will create a safer and smoother ride and prolong the life of the road surface.
Port Mower Centre owner Dave Lewis said the night work was the better option in Bellbowrie Street.
He said the road surface was in a shocking condition and the improvements were definitely needed.
Mr Lewis would also like to see a roundabout added at the Bellbowrie Street/Hastings River Drive intersection.
Black Market Bagels director Steve Owens agrees Bellbowrie Street needs to be fixed.
"I'm thrilled they are doing the work in the evening," he said.
"I really want to thank council's planning for that."
He said the work had to be done at some point and he was glad the council had scheduled the project after the school holidays.
Graham Seers Cyclery owner Dave Marshall said he was relieved once he knew about the road project's time frame.
"I think short-term pain equals long-term gain," he said.
Mr Marshall said the night work component was great for businesses and residents.
"Hopefully they do a good job and hopefully we have years of enjoyment out of it," he said.
"I can't see it being a problem at all."
Mr Marshall said so many streets in Port Macquarie needed repairing.
The Bellbowrie Street and Bay Street work comes as a result of detailed assessment by the council's traffic engineers.
Traffic volumes, the importance of the route within the local road network and Bellbowrie Street being the heavy vehicle route to Settlement City were all taken into account.
The works are funded from a combination of developer contributions and from the council's 2018/19 maintenance budget.
A total of up to $1.972 million has been allocated for works in this area with the cost spread over multiple stages.
Traffic control will be in place during the project.
The council asks motorists to follow directional signs and exercise caution.
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