The search is on for the design of Balclutha's main street upgrade.
The Clutha District Council is looking for "suitably experienced" design consultants to provide proposals for the $2.6 million upgrade, which will take place over the next two years.
District assets manager Jules Witt said the upgrade could include a redesign of road layouts, new footpath paving, kerb and channelling work, installation of street furniture, and planting of trees and shrubs.
It will also include the undergrounding of power lines in the main CBD area of Clyde St.
Mr Witt said a working party of members from the Balclutha Traffic Management Study Reference Group and several mainstreet retailers would help select concept designs before putting out them out to the wider public for consultation.
"The upgrade of the main street area of Balclutha has been a discussion point in the community for over 30 years, " he said.
"In many instances, this has been hampered by budget constraints and discussions on where the state highway may go in future.
"Both of these issues have been resolved by the council and there is now a firm commitment to retain Clyde St as the state highway route, and to retain two heavy traffic bypass routes."
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