ROAD works returned to the centre of Leek's main shopping area this week.
The £650,000 project is the second phase of improvements which are part of the Sainsbury's Churnet works redevelopment plan.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said that business and shoppers could keep up-to-date with the scheme via the council's website during the works, which are expected to be take a total of around 24 weeks to complete.
The project, which is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, is aimed at complementing the creation of the town's public realm adjacent to the Nicholson War Memorial, and will see the upgrade of Derby Street.
Starting on MondayIt will be carried out in four stages to help minimise any inconvenience.
Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: "These works will see the creation of a high quality area which residents, businesses and visitors will enjoy for years to come, and which befits Leek's status as having one of the best high streets in the country having come joint second in a recent national poll. Leek remains very much open for business while these works are carried out and, inevitably with work of this nature, there will be some changes to traffic management.
"We are working hard with our colleagues at the county council to minimise disruption."
The project is being funded by Staffordshire County Council and Sainsbury's as part of the wider Leek Masterplan to attract fresh investment and bring more jobs to the area.
The first phase of the scheme will see work being undertaken to the highways and footpaths along Derby Street from Bath Street to Market Street.
Access will be maintained to businesses as much as possible and traffic management arrangements, such as two-way traffic and diversions, will be signposted. On street parking in Bath Street is revoked.
Access to town centre car parks will be via Russell Street, Derby Street and Market Street.
Deliveries access is via Derby Street (east section) off Haywood Street or Derby Street (west section) via Russell Street.
The Wednesday closure of Derby Street on market days will remain in place .