Work has begun on sealing Te Awamutu's Alexandra Street, the final stage in the upgrade project.
The sealing work will take several weeks and is being done in small sections to minimise traffic delays as well as disruption to residents and businesses.
The underground work is almost complete, with new water and wastewater pipes now laid down most of Alexandra Street from Tawhiao Street to the railway crossing outside Fonterra, said Waipa District Council service delivery manager Barry Bergin.
"We are pleased with the result of the work to lay the pipes, and now we are asking residents and businesses to bear with us as we enter the last stage of this major project," Mr Bergin said.
The cost of the $2 million upgrade has been reduced by combining the water services works with the road reconstruction.
Sealing work has begun outside Te Awamutu College to take advantage of the reduced school traffic during the holidays. The section outside Fonterra will be done last to coincide with the factory's quieter period.
There will be some times when homeowners and businesses face restricted access, and the contractor, Downer is working with those affected to try and keep disruption to a minimum. Traffic delays are possible and detours away from Alexandra Street may also be used during this phase of work.
"I'd like to thank the residents, businesses and motorists for their ongoing patience as we complete this important upgrade work," Mr Bergin said.