Traders hope revamp of Withernsea's main shopping street is just the beginning
BUSINESSES in Withernsea's main shopping street hope a £920,000 refurbishment is only the start of a much-needed investment in the town.
The last phase of the East Riding Council project, which starts on Monday, will see the section of Queen Street, between Pier Road and Seaside Road, improved.
The work is expected to take 19 weeks, with the section of the road closed for a week in late January to allow the carriageway to be resurfaced.
Paul Armstrong, chairman of the Withernsea and District Chamber of Trade, said: "I hope East Riding Council continue to realise how important investment is for the town and that this is just the start.
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"In the short term, business will be affected by the work, but in the long term it will lead to much-needed improvements."
Among the work will include a full refurbishment of the highway, including new block-paved footways, resurfacing to the existing carriageway, new traffic signs, road marking and street furniture.
It is the final part of the work, which has seen patching, surface dressing and footway works in Queen Street, between Pier Road and Tesco; carriageway widening and resurfacing along the B1362 Hull Road; and carriageway and footway reconstruction along the B1362/A1033.
Councillor Chris Matthews, East Riding Council cabinet portfolio holder for highways and infrastructure, said: "The scheme will ensure the town's character as a popular seaside resort is maintained, which will help attract and increase visitor spend in the area."
The works will close down in the lead-up to Christmas, from December 16, and will recommence on January 6.
Plans will be available to view in the town's customer service centre and in the town hall from Friday.