Contractors moved into Lynn’s Saturday Market Place yesterday to begin works which officials warn could take up to three months to carry out.
Diversions are now in place while the £650,000 project to make the area more accessible to pedestrians and only one way for drivers, is completed.
Officials had previously indicated that the square would be closed to motorists until the end of October, but warning signs at the site detailed a three-month closure, suggesting the project may not be completed until mid-November.
But Quentin Brogdale, Norfolk County Council’s resident engineer, said the warning sign was a cautious estimate of the length of the project.
He said he was hopeful the work would be completed by the end of October.
But he added: “I’d rather tell people slightly worse than it’s going to be and finish early than be overly optimistic and have to extend it.
“We’re getting set up and we’ll be cracking on with it as soon as we can.”
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As previously reported. temporary traffic lights will be in place during the works to enable car drivers to head south along the South Quay in order to access Boal Street and Millfleet.
There will also be lights at the Baker Lane car park to allow motorists to go north along Queen Street and into King Street, while delivery access will be from Church Street. Larger vehicles will be diverted via the Tuesday Market Place.
Meanwhile, Anglian Water contractors also moved onto the site yesterday to begin sewer repair works which have been timed to coincide with the project in order to minimise disruption.
And a consultation exercise on proposals to allow cyclists to ride against the flow of traffic in the Saturday Market Place and on surrounding roads is set to be launched in the next few days.