For those planning on going to the mall, be aware of some changes going on.

Construction began on Monday on the north end of the mall parking lot just south of McDonald's restaurant.

"The entrance south of the Plaza buildings will be closed for a couple of weeks," Village Square Mall manager Gary Turner said. "If people want to get to the radio station or Papa Murphy's or any of the other businesses there, they will have to park elsewhere and walk up to them."

The construction is part of several projects that will be connected to the Central Avenue Improvements street program.

After preparing the mall parking lot, the next phase would be the widening of Central Avenue from Layton Street to Highway 50.

Several street projects were approved by city commissioners during the Jan. 17 commission meeting.

The first phase of the project began in 2015 when two driveways to McDonald's and the mall were constructed along with the removal of trees and sod along Central Avenue in front of the mall.

"From Layton Street to San Jose Drive it will go from a four-lane to five lanes then from San Jose Drive up to the island median on Central near Highway 50 it will go back to a four-lane," city engineer Ray Slattery said. "The widening will be adding a two-way turn lane along that location.

"It will take 180 calendar days to complete and that includes Village Square Mall parking lot, widening of Central Avenue, realignment of San Jose and adding a traffic signal at San Jose and Central intersection."