ESSENTIAL repairs to the paving in Exeter's High Street are to get under way next month.
The 11-week scheme, which will improve the surface of the footway on most of High Street, will start from the upper end, near Boots, on Monday September 9.
It is intended to be finished before the busy Christmas period.
No major excavation work will be carried out, but granite paving slabs which are cracked, loose or rocking will be replaced.
At the same time, some surface drainage improvements will be carried out.
Although repairs are necessary on both sides of the High Street, the work will be staggered to minimise disruption.
The highway will not be closed and pedestrian access to city centre shops will be maintained at all times.
Work will not be carried out on the High Street when the Tour of Britain races through the city centre on Friday, September 20.
John Harvey, Exeter's city centre manager, said: "I'm delighted with the paving improvement works planned, and pleased they're part of a scheme to get our pavements right across the whole of the city centre.
"Our recent track record of delivering city-centre street and utility works without disruption for city-centre businesses and our shoppers and visitors is good and I'll be looking for more of the same."
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon's cabinet member for highway maintenance, said: "This scheme will ensure the High Street is in tip-top condition.
"These repairs need to be carried out now to ensure any uneven or broken slabs are replaced before they become a safety issue, and every effort is being made to minimise disruption to shoppers and traders.
"The drainage and subsidence problems at the lower end of High Street were dealt with in good time earlier in the year and we'll be aiming for more of the same so the High Street is at its best ahead of the all important run-up to Christmas."
Councillor Jill Owen, chair of Exeter's highways committee has been complaining about the state of the paving in High Street for some time and says she is delighted about the repairs.
Cllr Owen said: "This is very welcome news and is not before time. I have been complaining long and hard about the paving slabs in High Street.
"A lot of them are in very poor condition and are potentially hazardous.
"This is Exeter High Street, not some tucked-away road, and Exeter deserves the best."