A £40,000 project to revamp Newport Town Lock will begin on Monday, Telford & Wrekin Council announced today.
A new footpath, ramp and steps will be installed immediately adjacent to the lock as part of the first phase of works, which are valued at £30,000.
Further resurfacing works within Canal Corner may follow, but the scale of these additional works will depend upon the funding available, a council spokesman said.
It will take six weeks to complete, and for four weeks of this, Water Lane will be closed to traffic.
Access to frontages will be maintained via the Stafford Street end of Water Lane and businesses will be open as usual. Access to Cosy Hall will be from Stafford Street rather than Lower Bar.
Councillor Charles Smith, cabinet member for housing and regeneration, said: “The lock and the bridge are designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The area has been in need of some investment to improve its accessibility and appearance and I am delighted that the works can now go ahead.”
About £400,000 was originally in the pot for the work, but much of that was withdrawn with the change of administration at Telford & Wrekin Council.