BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Crews broke ground on a $1.5 million makeover for South 8th Avenue on Monday.

"It's been decades overdue and so we're grateful to be out there today starting the project. It is scheduled for a 150 day construction period, which is essentially in layman's terms the entire construction season. About mid, late October, weather permitting, the project should be totally completed," said City Manager Chris Kukulski.

South 8th is one of the busiest corridors in Bozeman, traveled by up to 5,000 people every day.

The project will replace deteriorated curbs and patch the numerous potholes in the street.

"We've got curbs that are completely dilapidated, the driving surface is show. Those are the two main things. So with that reconstruction we'll have, when it's all completed, curb and storm drain system, a parking lane, a bicycle lane and the drive land and the landscaped center median," Kukulski said.

According to Kukulski the reconstruction should last anywhere from 75 to 100 years, and said doing the project made more sense then repairing potholes when they came up.

"We were spending tens of thousands of dollars every year patching potholes, so it doesn't make any sense to throw good money away once it gets to that point," he said.

Residents who live along 8th Avenue will pay about 12% of the $1.5 million cost.

To see the road closures and construction plans from the city click here.