TYALGUM residents are looking forward to an upgrade of Tyalgum Rd, despite detours that will force them to travel via Chillingham for more than two weeks in January.
The road, leading from Bray Park south of Murwillumbah through Eungella to Tyalgum, will be closed from Monday January 9 to Wednesday January 25 while Tweed Shire Council replaces failed drainage pipes beneath the road.
Ongoing roadworks will reconstruct a 500m section of the road over nine weeks.
According to council works manager Ian Kite, the depth of the excavations mean it would be impossible to safely keep half the road open for part of the project.
He said environmental constraints in the surrounding area meant council had no option but to detour traffic via Chillingham on Zara Rd.
"Extra resources have been allocated to the project so the road can be reopened as quickly as possible," Mr Kite said.
Sharon Moore of boutique store Paddington of Tyalgum said she wasn't bothered by the roadworks as long as they were completed before school resumed after the summer holidays.
"It's a lovely drive and it will be nice to be able to relax on the road," she said.
"I'm glad they're doing it now while I'm not driving the kids to school everyday."
Tyalgum Store owner Steve Berndt said the council was to be congratulated for prioritising the notorious strip.
"It's long overdue and once it's done the whole village will benefit, the traders, all of the residents of the village and outlying areas.
"It will make the place even more appealing for tourists."
Mr Berndt said he was worried the project would be delayed by bad weather and questioned the timing of the works.
"The choice of the time of year intrigues me as it's the wettest time of the year," he said.
"I would have thought they'd put it back to June or July but either way it needs to be done.
"Assuming the council is blessed with good weather we'll be really looking forward to it," Mr Berndt said.