The face of the Clyde Heritage Precinct is changing.

A three-stage upgrade to the precinct, put in motion under the 2018 Long Term Plan, is in the works.

While the area is now a construction zone, Clyde residents and visitors will soon reap the benefits of the $1.79million-$1.84million stage one upgrade with improved access to the Clutha River from the town centre, as well as a central community hub in Lodge Lane.

The shared public space in Lodge Lane will be a flexible pedestrian and cycle-friendly space for events and public gatherings, with planting, lighting and street furniture.

Plans in motion . . Work to create a pedestrian friendly space in the heart of Clyde is under way. The work was signed off under the Central Otago District Council’s 2018 long term plan. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Cyclists from the newly opened Lake Dunstan Cycling and Walking Track will also be catered for with bike stands and e-bike charging stations.

New toilets are scheduled to go behind the Masonic Lodge on Lodge Lane later this year, and the area is due to be completed in time for the busy summer period.

Opening up a historical walkway between Matau St and Miners Lane will improve access to the Clutha River from the town centre and vegetation removal, maintenance and improvements began on the walkway in May.

Miners Lane will be extended to a one-way through road linking to Matau St.

Moving up . . . Central Otago District councillors Stu Duncan and Tracy Paterson with CODC roading manager James McCallum at the Miners Lane walkway. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Central Otago councillor and roading portfolio lead Stu Duncan said it was “exciting” to see big projects from the 2018 LTP progress from the consultation, design and planning stages to work on the ground now.

Central Otago Mayor and Clyde resident Tim Cadogan said he was looking forward to more “pedestrian friendly spaces” in his hometown.

“We have seen the influx of people that the Lake Dunstan Trail has brought and that will only increase, so room for people to move and enjoy what Clyde has to offer will be great,” he said.