WORK has begun resurfacing Cork's main thoroughfare of Patrick Street.
Contractors moved on site at the start of the week, commencing work on a two-month project which will relay the surface of the busy street.
Motorists and shoppers will have to find alternative routes throughout the summer, with the road closed to northbound traffic until early September.
The entire road surface on Patrick St is set to be upgraded, including the repaving of the street's iconic bricks.
It comes after years of campaigning by local interest groups, who claim that the works are long overdue.
Regular users of the street could point to uneven surfaces and shoddy repair works at numerous junctures, including a number of temporarily filled potholes and cracks in the surface of the road and footpaths.
Contractors are now set to restore these to a much higher standard in the coming weeks.
The move coincided with the permanent reversal of traffic on Castle Street, the first of several major changes set to take place as part of the City Centre Movement Strategy.
So far, the closure doesn't seem to be having a major impact, coming at the quietest time of year for vehicular traffic in the city.
While three bus services have been re-routed and there is a notable increase in the volume of traffic on Grand Parade and South Mall, most motorists have simply gotten on with the changes.