TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Prep work has started as crews begin repaving a stretch of Wilmot Road from East Pima Street to East Golf Links Road on Tucson's east side.
Crews are currently lowering 220 manhole and water valve covers, which will take about five weeks.
Once that's complete, they will mill and repave which will take a couple more weeks.
The city says two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction for the duration of the project.
The project was funded through Prop 409, which was passed in 2012. It allowed the city to raise $100 million to repair 200 miles of roads across the city. A majority of the work is complete.
Drivers in the area say the work was long overdue.
"I think it's a very positive move because it's going to make it when it's finished much better for everyone," said one driver.
But some businesses say it's affecting their bottom dollar.
"Any time they do long-term work on a plaza it cuts your business down," said Mark Fontana, owner of NYPD Pizza and Subs, 1521 N. Wilmot Road.
All work along Wilmot Road is scheduled to be complete in early May.