CONSTRUCTION work in Wade Avenue has some businesses wondering what it may mean for their bottom line.
The work to upgrade the Wade Avenue area is part of a plan by Leeton Shire Council to make it not only safer, but more user friendly.
The idea will also be to beautify the area.
The work has resulted in part of the road being closed, with further interruptions likely as the project continues.
This has left some businesses with only limited access to their shopfronts.
One of those is the Leeton Fish Shop, which only recently resumed trading after closing for a period during COVID-19 restrictions.
Staff member Stacey Reberger said the work was causing some headaches.
"We've had people tell us they can't get in ... especially with what has happened with the coronavirus, people weren't sure they could come in, but now this work is happening, it's making it hard," she said.
"There's no proper place for people to park ... people are put off by the gates and think we aren't open."
Leeton Shire Council said it had had significant consultation with Wade Avenue businesses and was doing what it could to limit any disruption to these stores.
"There has been shop visits to the business owners in Wade Avenue and engagement will continue throughout the project," council's director of operations Peter Keane said.
"The works and landscaping will reshape their section of the CBD with angle style parking and beautiful city-scape that will be there for years to come."
Council said it had also provided alternate parking options in the area and believes the project in the long run will outweigh any short-term pain.
"We have provided the vacant lot adjacent to the court house corner of Church and Oak Streets as an alternative venue for parking while we continue works," Mr Keane said.
New curb and pavement on the south east end of Wade Avenue is ongoing this week.
The project is continuing to demolish, road form and repave this eastern side until June 15, before work will then start on the western side.
Jodie Salerno owns Painful Pleasure Body Piercing in Wade Avenue.
Her business remains closed amid COVID-19 restrictions, but she is concerned that when she is allowed to re-open, there may be no point if the work is going to impact on her customers.
"It's bad timing with COVID-19, but if I can re-open soon, I think the work is going to have a big impact if people can't even access the shop," she said.
"When they get to fully my end, it's going to make it very difficult.
"There's going to be dust and dirt, so if I can open, that's another factor to be taken into consideration with all of the other appropriate hygiene and social distancing we need to do for everyone's safety."