The next step in the Transform Mandurah project is taking shape, with the Smart Street Mall's facelift well underway.
On April 16, paving works started and in the coming weeks the main central construction site with fencing and signage will be established.
Demolition in the area will then proceed and preparation for new road base, pre-cast concrete planter installation and paving will take place.
According to a spokesperson for the City of Mandurah, all works have been programmed around business opening hours to minimise disruption and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
It will be an "amazing pedestrian strip...think alfresco dining, parades and activations" the spokesperson said.
Mayor Rhys Williams said the Smart Street Mall was an important part of the bigger $22million Waterfront redevelopment which will help reactivate the City Centre and help to stimulate new opportunities for Mandurah's economy.
"The Smart Street Mall upgrade is much more than a simple lick of paint," Mayor Williams said.
"It is a significant reimagination of the space with the aim to release the potential of the central mall.
"With increased opportunities for alfresco dining, parades and other activation programs, Smart Street will once again be an iconic Mandurah meeting place.
"In addition to the infrastructure upgrade, we are working on a range of initiatives in conjunction with property owners and businesses to re-energise the economy, now and into the future.
"These include security patrols, alfresco dining initiatives and activation programs including a street performer program, markets and events," he said.
The expected completion date of the groundworks for the Smart Street redevelopment is October 2021, with the shelter installation potentially delayed into the new year.
The $2.5m Smart Street upgrade is part of the City's broader Mandurah Waterfront Project, which is being delivered as a joint initiative between City of Mandurah, State and Federal Government.
The State Government has committed $10m as part of its Plan for Peel and there is a further $7m from the Federal Government.
The City of Mandurah has contributed $5m.
Read more on the Smart Street Mall upgrades at https://fal.cn/3f5XR.