COUNCIL officials say the work will bring “real long-term benefit” to Ocean Road.
A Town Hall spokesman said that the new pavement along Ocean Road will be completed by March 24, while road surfacing works – which currently mean there’s a temporary traffic light system in operation – will be completed by early April.
The spokesman said: “The council is making a major investment in Ocean Road, at the same time as major flood prevention works led by Northumbrian Water.
“The public realm works will bring real benefits for local businesses, while the flooding works are absolutely essential for a street that has faced repeated flooding incidents in recent years.
“Millions of tourists visit the seafront every year, and by sprucing up Ocean Road we can encourage more of them to stay in the town for longer and support local businesses.
“The first phase of public realm works – at the Anderson Street end of Ocean Road – is well under way and the new pavement will be completed by March 24. The road will then be resurfaced and new trees planted, with this section finished by early April.
“Pedestrian access to businesses, including Da Vinci’s, is maintained at all times, and workers tidy up and leave the site at 4pm every day before the restaurants get busy in the evening.
“We would like to thank local traders for their patience while this essential work is going on, and we are confident that it will be of real long-term benefit to everyone in Ocean Road.”